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Looking inside the Russian doll : the interconnections between context, leaning and pedagogy in the workplace

Unwin, Lorna; Felstead, Alan; Fuller, Alison; Bishop, Dan; Lee, Tracey; Jewson, Nick; Butler, Peter; (2007) Looking inside the Russian doll : the interconnections between context, leaning and pedagogy in the workplace. Pedagogy, Culture and Society , 15 (3) pp. 333-348. Green open access

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Abstract

There is now much awareness of the symbiotic relationship between workplace learning, the organisation of work, level of employee involvement, organisational performance, and the broader economic, regulatory, and social context within which organisations have to operate. This article argues that we have to identify and take serious account of the contextual factors (external and internal) that affect all organisations, as these are central to developing our understanding of the nature of pedagogical practice within any workplace setting. By closely examining the nature and impact of these contextual factors, we can gain greater insight into the phenomenon of why organisations adopt different practices and why they create such different learning environments. The article draws on emerging findings from an ESRC-funded multisector study in the UK and uses illustrations from two contrasting sectors to highlight the impact of context on pedagogical practice.

Type: Article
Title: Looking inside the Russian doll : the interconnections between context, leaning and pedagogy in the workplace
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Draws on findings from an ESRC-funded multi-sector study of learning in the workplace to argue that pedagogical practices and opportunities for learning are strongly influenced by the context of the workplaces and the wider contexts in which they sit. ‘This is an electronic version of an article published in Unwin, Lorna and Felstead, Alan and Fuller, Alison and Bishop, Dan and Lee, Tracey and Jewson, Nick and Butler, Peter (2007) Looking inside the Russian doll: the interconnections between context, learning and pedagogy in the workplace. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 15 (3). pp. 333-348 Pedagogy, Culture and Society is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/14681360701602232
Keywords: Adults; Workplace; Informal learning; Workplace learning; work organization; learning environments; workplace curriculum; pedagogical practices; curricula artefacts
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10002366
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