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ERIC Number: EJ828539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
The Quest for Autonomy: A Foucauldian Perspective on Work-Based Research
Siebert, Sabina; Mills, Vince
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v12 n3 p309-317 Oct 2007
The relationship between the workplace, the researcher and the university is of a complex nature and all three stakeholders have their own influences on work-based learning. Defining the relationship between the stakeholders provokes a consideration of the issue of power, since power relations within a workplace can affect the reliability of findings. The organisational context and conflict of interest might pose a risk of the academic investigation being compromised. Following from Foucault's conclusion that the pursuit of personal autonomy in education is destined to fail, this article argues that autonomy of the researcher in the workplace can only be guaranteed by a robust defence of academic rigour by the academy in the support it offers the learner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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