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ERIC Number: EJ877400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Really Useful Knowledge
Fischer, Maria Clara Bueno; Ziebell, Clair
Adults Learning, v16 n10 p20-21 Jun 2005
In a changing society there is considerable interest in developing and systematising people's lifelong learning and in relating this to workplace performance. In Brazil, there has been a growing emphasis on researching and developing basic education and vocational courses from the perspective of active citizenship. This point of view informs this article. The authors' interest is in the role played by lifelong learning in developing a more productive and efficient workforce and, at the same time, in promoting citizenship. They present and analyse some of the results of research to identify and understand the relationship between the experiential learning that takes place in the daily life of worker co-operatives and other learning that occurs across the workers' lifespan. The research was developed in Greater Porto Alegre, an urban part of the South of Brazil. This article presents an analysis of the results of semi-structured interviews with the women of two co-operatives there. The interviews explored their learning as it developed: (1) through life, work, social, and voluntary activities; (2) through work experience in the co-operatives; and (3) through the relationship between the two. The authors' research challenged them to approach the data and their theme of interest--learning from experience--from a gender perspective. Gender is fundamentally a social and cultural experience. Biological features do not essentially determine male and female identities and roles. Gender plays an active role in developing and maintaining social relations in general. Adopting such a perspective helps one to overcome tendencies to set up false dichotomies between the sphere of production and the sphere of reproduction, or between public and private dimensions of social life and, therefore, to perceive such relations as intertwined.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil