Lifelong Learning in Paid and Unpaid Work: Survey and Case Study Findings

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-05-10
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Lifelong Learning is essential to all individuals and in recent years has become a guiding principle for policy initiatives, ranging from national economic competition to issues of social cohesion and personal fulfilment. However, despite the importance of lifelong learning there is a critical absence of direct, international evidence on its extent, content and outcomes.Lifelong Learning in Paid and Unpaid Work provides a new paradigm for understanding work and learning, documenting the active contribution of workers to their development and their adaptation to paid and unpaid work. Empirical evidence drawn from national surveys in Canada and eight related case studies is used to explore the current learning activities of those in paid employment, housework and volunteer work, addressing all forms of learning including: formal schooling, further education courses, informal training and self-directed learning, particularly in the context of organisational and technological change.Proposing an expanded conceptual framework for investigating the relationships between learning and work, the contributors offer new insights into the ways in which adult learning adapts to and helps reshape the wide contemporary world of work throughout the life course.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
Introduction: a framework for exploring relations between lifelong learning and work in the computer erap. 1
Surveysp. 13
Work and learning in the computer era: basic survey findingsp. 15
Case studies of unpaid work and learningp. 57
Odd project out: studying lifelong learning through unpaid household workp. 59
Volunteer work and informal learning: exploring the connectionsp. 79
Case studies of paid work and learningp. 99
Revisiting Taylorism: conceptual implications for studies of lifelong learning, technology and work in the public sectorp. 101
Women's experiences of the good, the bad and the ugly of work in a 'knowledge-based' society: learning the gender politics of IT jobsp. 119
Beginning from disability to study a corporate organization of learningp. 137
Teachers' learning and work relations: (shifting) engagements and challengesp. 155
Case studies of transitions between education and work
Challenging transitions from school to workp. 175
Biographical transitions and adult learning: reproduction and/or mobilizationp. 193
Concluding reflectionsp. 215
Reflections on results of Canadian studies and German perspectives on work-related learningp. 217
'Not just another survey': reflections on researchers' working and learning through investigating work and lifelong learningp. 222
Reflections on the WALL research network and future studies of work and learningp. 234
Indexp. 241
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