Understanding Changing Conceptions of Work: Implications for Development of Training Initatives

Pillay, Hitendra K., Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., & Lankshear, Colin (2002) Understanding Changing Conceptions of Work: Implications for Development of Training Initatives. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Vocational Education Research, 10(2), pp. 27-43.


Considering the enormous changes in work practices and associated training required to address the needs of new practices, there has been very little research undertaken that attempts to describe how workers perceive these changes. This paper reports on the findings of 40 participants aged over 40, who were interviewed and observed to obtain data concerning their conceptions of work with regard to the changes occurring around them. The participants were from a medical service and engineering organisation. The data were analysed qualitatively to investigate workers’ conceptions of work. Results indicate four hierarchal conceptions of work, with the distribution of the participants’ conceptions more towards the lower level conceptions. The conceptions provide baseline data to understand workers’ behaviour in light of current changes in work practices.

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ID Code: 9748
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: older workers, training and development, work, attitudes, perceptions
ISSN: 1039-4001
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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:47

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