Personal epistemologies and older workers

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Title Personal epistemologies and older workers
Author Billett, Stephen Richard; Woerkom, Marianne Van
Journal Name International Journal of Lifelong Education
Editor Peter Jarvis & John Holford
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper evaluates the need and prospects for older workers to develop and deploy effective and critical personal epistemologies in order to maintain workplace competence, successfully negotiate work transitions and secure ontological security in their working life. A personal epistemology is an approach to and a practice of learning directed by individuals, often for purposes that are important for them. This seems particularly important for older workers as both the institutional and brute facts (Searle 1995) that comprise workplace affordances and maturation factors, respectively, may not be supportive of their attempts to maintain competence in their working lives. Instead, as both individual agents and parts of collective actions, the exercise of personal epistemologies premised on critical reflection stands as a means for older workers to understand and respond to the changing requirements of work life. These propositions are introduced and elaborated using a study of older workers' capacities to be critically reflective of their practice and enact workplace change.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Lifelong Education, Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 333-348. International Journal of Lifelong Education is available online at: with the open URL of your article.
Volume 27
Issue Number 3
Page from 333
Page to 348
ISSN 0260-1370
Date Accessioned 2008-07-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Education Studies; PRE2009-Other Education
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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