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ERIC Number: EJ770906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
Older and Younger Workers' Conceptions of Work and Learning at Work: A Challenge to Emerging Work Practices
Pillay, Hitendra; Boulton-Lewis, Gillian; Wilss, Lynn; Rhodes, Sean
Journal of Education and Work, v16 n4 p427-444 Dec 2003
Thirty-nine participants aged over 40 and 16 participants aged under 40, from a medical organization and a transport organization, were interviewed to obtain data regarding their conceptions of work and learning at work amid changing workplace practices. A phenomenographic approach was adopted to analyse the data. Frequency distributions of conceptions and a comparative analysis between the two age groups were also carried out. In addition, an analysis of the implications of these conceptions was conducted to understand workers' behaviours in light of current changes in work practices and to assess the potential implications for knowledge creation and use. The results indicated that there were four and five hierarchical conceptions for work and learning at work respectively and that these were spread across Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) levels and workplaces. There were also differences between the two age groups and their distribution across the conceptions. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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