Relational interdependence as a means to examine work, learning and the (re)making of work as cultural practices

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Title Relational interdependence as a means to examine work, learning and the (re)making of work as cultural practices
Author Billett, Stephen Richard; Barker, Michelle Carmel; Smith, Raymond John
Book Title The Learning Potential of the Workplace
Editor Nijhof, W & Nieuwenhuis, L. K.
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Rotterdam
Publisher Sense Publishers
Abstract THIS CHAPTER FOCUSES ON DUALITIES in both the process and outcomes of participation in work. The process of participation in work activities and interactions is held to draw on the contributions of both individuals and the social world in ways that are interdependent, yet relational. The affordances of workplaces shape the array of experiences able to be accessed by individuals and they, in turn, elect how they engage, construe and construct what the workplace affords. Both the social and individual contributions are exercisable with different degrees of intensity, focus and intentionality, making the process of participation a relational one. Consistent with these processes, the outcomes of workplace participation also comprise dualities. These are individual learning or change, on the one hand, and the remaking or transformation of cultural practice that comprises work, on the other. In illuminating and elaborating these concepts, this paper draws upon the initial findings of a research project that is mapping the working lives of groups of three workers in each of four workplaces. The aim is to understand how these relational interdependences shape the participation, learning and remaking of work practices in these workplaces and their workers and to identify the exercise of both affordances and engagement for each participant within the same workplace, and then to make comparisons across the four workplaces. The findings emphasise the distinctive bases by which individuals engage with work and construct meaning and practice as a result of that engagement and, in turn, their remaking of the work practices.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Sense Publications. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. It is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Please refer to the publisher's website for further information.
Chapter Number 6
Page from 99
Page to 116
ISBN 978-90-8790-370-1
Date Accessioned 2008-09-17
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research; Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Other Education
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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