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Surveying the scene : learning metaphors, survey design and the workplace context

Felstead, Alan and Fuller, Alison and Unwin, Lorna and Ashton, David and Butler, Peter and Lee, Tracey (2005) Surveying the scene : learning metaphors, survey design and the workplace context. Journal of Education and Work, 18 (4). pp. 359-383. ISSN 1363-9080. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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The skills debate in many European countries has for many years been preoccupied with the supply of qualified individuals and participation in training events. However, recent case-study work suggests that qualifications and training are partial measures of skill development as most learning arises naturally out of the demands and challenges of everyday work experience and interactions with colleagues, clients and customers. This paper argues that the ?learning as acquisition? and ?learning as participation? metaphors aptly capture these two competing intellectual traditions. The paper outlines an experiment that was designed to give the ?learning as participation? metaphor a firmer survey basis than it has hitherto enjoyed. The results highlight the importance of social relationships and mutual support in enhancing individual performance at work, factors which individual acquisition of qualifications and attendance on courses ignores. The paper also confirms the importance of job design in promoting and facilitating learning at work.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 1.Presents findings from national, randomised survey of employed adults interviewed about the relationship between informal and formal learning opportunities at work and the way their work is organised. 2.Contributes to methodology of survey design as attempts to capture qualitative responses in a quantitative survey. 3.Findings based a module commissioned from the authors by NIACE for their 2004 Adult Learning Survey. 4. Unwin's contribution 25%
Controlled Keywords: Adults , England , Workplace , Informal learning
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 13:46
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:16
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