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Grooving to the same tunes? : learning, training and productive systems in the aerobics studio

Felstead, Alan and Fuller, Alison and Jewson, Nick and Kakavelakis, Konstantinos and Unwin, Lorna (2007) Grooving to the same tunes? : learning, training and productive systems in the aerobics studio. Work, Employment and Society, 21 (2). pp. 189-208. ISSN 0950-0170. DOI 10.1177/0950017007076626

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Closing the productivity gap with other nations has become a mantra of public policy in the UK. Promoting participation in learning and training is seen as the principal means of narrowing the gap. While tracking episodes of training is relatively easy, it is not clear what is learnt, by whom and why. This article examines these questions among a specific occupational group - exercise to music instructors - whose numbers have grown significantly in recent years. It identifies two productive systems through which these aerobic classes are delivered. Each has different consequences for learning. Under one regime, training expands horizons and develops abilities, while under the second instructors are taught to conform and follow scripts written by others.The article argues that 'training' can lead to different learning outcomes and that these are best understood through an analysis of the productive systems in which training and learning takes place.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The paper draws on findings from an ESRC-funded multi-sector study of workplace learning. Using a case study approach, the paper focuses on an under-researched group of workers in the rapidly expanding health and fitness sector of the economy. The paper argues that evidence of 'training' activity, as reported in national and government surveys, is highly misleading and that in-depth case study methods are required to reveal the nuanced reality of workforce development. In this case, training was found to deaden rather than awaken individual creativity.
Controlled Keywords: aerobics, learning, music, skills, training, work organization
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 15:30
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2015 14:37
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