Learning to be a Woodturner

Ehrich, Lisa C. & Delahaye, Brian L. (2006) Learning to be a Woodturner. In Engaging Pedagogies. Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 International Education Research Conference, 26-30 November 2006, Adelaide, University of South Australia City-East Campus & Bonython Hall.

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National and international Government policies and reports suggest that lifelong learning is a necessity to promote the cultural, social, educational and vocational dimensions of a person’s life. Many community based organisations play a significant role in providing learning opportunities for adults and thus promote a broad lifelong learning agenda. One such organisation is the Woodturners’ Society of Queensland (WSQ). The aim of the WSQ is the dissemination of information to its members (the majority of whom are over 50 years old) pertaining to the craft of woodturning in addition to providing workshops, seminars and training courses that help to develop and enhance their skills of woodturning. Via semi-structured interviews, the research reported in this paper explores the experiences of ten mature aged members of the WSQ with a view to examining not only their motivation to learn woodturning but also, and most importantly, the learning processes and activities they nominated as critical to their growth. Key factors that facilitated and inhibited the learning processes are identified and discussed. The paper concludes with implications that point to the need to support communities of practice.

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ID Code: 7062
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Older learners, woodturning, learning, communities of practice
ISSN: 1324-9339
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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 AARE & (The authors)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 19 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:32

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