Interdependencies at work: Constituting reflection, performance, dialogue and reward

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Title Interdependencies at work: Constituting reflection, performance, dialogue and reward
Author Billett, Stephen Richard; Smith, Raymond John; Barker, Michelle Carmel
Publication Title Conference Papers: 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning
Editor Paul Hager & Geof Hawke
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Oval Research, UTS
Abstract This paper discusses progress in a two-year study of the work, working lives and learning of twelve workers. They comprise four groups of three workers in an emergency service, a gymnasium, a restaurant and IT help desk. The concept of relational interdependence between individual and social agency (Billett 2005), is used to understand their participation, learning and remaking of cultural practices. These are held to be products of the interdependence between social suggestion and individual agency and are enacted at the intersection between the social and cognitive experience comprising the engagement in work. In seeking to elaborate the bases of these interdependencies and their consequences for changes to individuals' cognitive experience and sense of self, and the remaking of cultural practices, four partially linked and overlapping bases for understanding the processes of interdependencies emerge. These are: (i) reflection and review (i.e. reflection); (ii) performance roles (kinds of selves developed in the workplace); (iii) prospects for dialogue (i.e. opportunities for interpersonal interactions); and (iv) how conceptions of rewards and recognition are constructed. In different but distinct ways these four bases provide a means to elaborate interdependencies at work, thereby providing a platform to analyse processes of individual learning and the remaking of work practices and concepts.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.education.uts.edu.au/index.html
Alternative URI http://www.oval.uts.edu.au/rwl4/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Oval Research, University of Technology Sydney. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Use hypertext link for access to publishers website.
ISBN 192054970
Conference name 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning
Location Sydney
Date From 2005-12-12
Date To 2005-12-14
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2505
Date Accessioned 2005-12-27
Date Available 2009-10-07T06:27:46Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Other Education
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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