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ERIC Number: EJ813647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Recognition of Prior Learning as a Practice for Differential Inclusion and Exclusion of Immigrants in Sweden
Andersson, Per; Osman, Ali
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v59 n1 p42-60 2008
The purpose of this article is to describe and analyze how recognition of prior learning acts as a dividing practice and a technique for inclusion/exclusion of immigrants in their vocations in Swedish working life. It is a qualitative study of three pilot programs in Swedish urban centers, and the data consist of interviews and documents pertaining to these programs. The theoretical starting point of the analysis is three Foucauldian concepts: order of discourse, dividing practice, and technology of power. The results show how recognition of prior learning acts as a dividing practice; in the process of recognition, the targeting of certain vocations for assessment, the degrading of competence in the process, and the differing opportunities vis-a-vis further training and the labor market are part of the process of inclusion/exclusion in/from the orders of the labor market. Technologies of power--surveillance, observation, and examination--are part of this process. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden