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Conceptions of work and learning at work : impressions from older workers

Pillay, Hitendra K., Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Wilss, Lynn A., & Lankshear, Colin (2003) Conceptions of work and learning at work : impressions from older workers. Studies in Continuing Education, 25(1), pp. 95-111.

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Abstract

There is substantial literature on new work practices and the associated skills required of workers in the 'new capitalism' but very few consider workers’ perspectives on the advocacies. The study reported here involved 39 participants aged 40 plus who were interviewed to obtain data in relation to their conceptions of work and learning at work. This was conducted with consideration given to the changing work practices occurring around them. The participants were from a medical service and an engineering organization. The data were analyzed qualitatively and results indicated four and five hierarchical conceptions of work, and learning at work, respectively. It became apparent that a significantly large number of older workers conceived of work and learning at work in quantitative terms and as separate entities. The data were further analysed to ascertain how the conceptions mapped with the participants’ AQF levels. This analysis indicated some dissonance between AQF levels and conceptions. The findings of this study provide baseline data to understand older workers’ behaviours in light of the current changes in work practices.

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ID Code: 1081
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: older workers, workplace learning, conception of work, knowledge and skills
DOI: 10.1080/01580370309287
ISSN: 1470-126X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Studies in Continuing Education 25(1):pp. 95-111.
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:16

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