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ERIC Number: EJ949148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
Learning Cultures in Travel and Tourism: A Critique of Manuela du Bois-Reymond's Trendsetter Learner Thesis
Morrison, Andrew
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v16 n3 p357-369 2011
This article aims to contribute to the discussion surrounding Manuela du Bois-Reymond's important "trendsetter learner" thesis and, in so doing, to join the wider debate about post-compulsory learning cultures. The article outlines the trendsetter learner thesis and then considers recent criticisms that it has attracted. While the author concurs with these criticisms, this present article sets out what is believed to be a wider ranging critique. Using evidence from a study of students and staff of an Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (AVCE) in Travel and Tourism, I focus upon two weaknesses of the trendsetter thesis. The first concerns its treatment of formality/informality in learning. The second criticism is broader. I argue that the concept of youth cultural capital is highly problematic, being premised upon overgeneralised assumptions concerning the declining power of structural influences, such as those of "race", class and gender, within contemporary subjectivities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)