Learning throughout working life: A relational interdependence between personal and social agency

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Title Learning throughout working life: A relational interdependence between personal and social agency
Author Billett, Stephen Richard
Journal Name British Journal of Educational Studies
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract Individuals actively and continually construct the knowledge required for their working lives. Two outcomes arise from this constructive process: (i) individual change (i.e. learning) and (ii) the remaking of culturally-derived practices comprising work. These arise through a relational interdependence between the contributions and agency of the personal and the social. The relationship is interdependent because neither the social nor personal contributions alone are sufficient. The social experience is important for articulating and providing access to work performance requirements. However, personal factors such as individuals' capacities, subjectivities and agency shape how workers interpret and engage with what they experience and, consequently, how they learn and remake practice throughout their working life. This case is elaborated through a discussion about learning with considerations of intersubjectivity, personal epistemologies, pedagogy and curriculum as experience.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0007-1005
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8527.2007.00394.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at www.interscience.wiley.com
Volume 56
Issue Number 1
Page from 39
Page to 58
ISSN 0007-1005
Date Accessioned 2008-07-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Other Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/21143
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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