ERIC Number: EJ729101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
From "Organisms" to "Boundaries": The Uneven Development of Theory Narratives in Education, Learning and Work Connections
Journal of Education and Work, v19 n1 p1-27 Feb 2006
This paper uses the metaphor of a "theory narrative" to discuss the way in which the connections between education, learning and work have been understood. It identifies six theory narratives, and analyses each in turn, leading to an overview that suggests the way in which these explanatory frameworks might evolve in the future. The six narratives are grouped into three types. Functionalist and Marxist narratives constitute modernist, "structuralist" explanations; liberal and progressive emancipatory narratives foreground educational aims and social practice; and boundary-crossing narratives emphasize the integration of learning and work practices. The paper plots the ebb and flow of these narratives in terms of their theoretical assumptions, policy implications and the inferences made for the learner as clear distinctions between educational practices and work practices are challenged.
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