Older and younger workers' conceptions of work and learning at work : A challenge to emerging work practices

Pillay, Hitendra K., Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., Wilss, Lynn A., & Rhodes, Sean (2003) Older and younger workers' conceptions of work and learning at work : A challenge to emerging work practices. Journal of Education and Work, 16(4), pp. 427-444.

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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 amidst 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.

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ID Code: 1255
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: conception of work, conception of learning at work, older workers
DOI: 10.1080/1363908032000093049
ISSN: 1469-9435
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 Journal of Education and Work 16(4):pp. 427-444.
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:16

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