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ERIC Number: EJ864432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1394
Foucault's Toolkit: Resources for "Thinking" Work in Times of Continual Change
Rowan, Molly; Shore, Sue
Australian Journal of Adult Learning, v49 n1 p57-74 Apr 2009
This paper was prompted by our interest in two issues associated with Australia's vocational education and training system: recurring declarations for universal access to vocational education and training (albeit in different forms across different epochs) as the right of all Australians and the continual processes of change associated with the sector over the last two decades. As we approach a time of yet more change in vocational education and training, we call for a rethinking of these two characteristics of a training system, as "problems of the present", situations which in their present form are "intolerable". Reflecting a notion of "thinking" work as personal, political, historical and practical, the paper offers a glimpse of Foucault (1926-1984) as a person. We explain his use of the term discourse as an overarching frame for understanding "problems of the present". We review two major aspects of his analytic toolkit: archaeology and genealogy. We close with refections on the usefulness of these analytic practices as tactics of engagement for researchers interested in historical approaches to vocational education. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia