Personal epistemologies, work and learning

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Title Personal epistemologies, work and learning
Author Billett, Stephen Richard
Journal Name Educational Research Review
Editor Philipp Dorchy
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract This paper elaborates the concept of personal epistemologies in learning through and for work. It does this by drawing on explanatory propositions from psychology, sociology and philosophy to advance an account of these epistemologies. The aim here is to go beyond conceptions of epistemological beliefs and to position personal epistemologies as being active, intentional, derived in personally-particular ways through socially-derived experiences that comprise individuals' life histories or ontogenies. In this way, they are held to be more encompassing as a conception and are constructed through social experiences, albeit in person-specific ways. Given their active and constructive character, these epistemologies are placed centre stage in the dual processes of learning and remaking culturally-derived practices, such as with paid work. These propositions are discussed and elaborated through a consideration of engagement and learning in forms of work that provide, respectively, relatively weak and rich forms of direct social support, and which require the enactment in different ways of individuals' personal epistemologies in the conduct of and learning through paid work.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 4
Issue Number 3
Page from 210
Page to 219
ISSN 1747-938X
Date Accessioned 2009-09-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Education
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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