Article | European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults | The multiple reals of workplace learning

Title:
The multiple reals of workplace learning
Author:
Kerry Harman: Birbeck, University of London, UK
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9021
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Year:
2014
Volume:
5
Issue:
1
Pages:
51-66
No. of pages:
16
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Article
Published:
2014-04-07


The multiple reals of workplace learning are explored in this paper. Drawing on a Foucauldian conceptualisation of power as distributed, relational and productive, networks that work to produce particular objects and subjects as seemingly natural and real are examined. This approach enables different reals of workplace learning to be traced. Data from a collaborative industry-university research project is used to illustrate the approach, with a focus on the intersecting practices of a group of professional developers and a group of workplace learning researchers. The notion of multiple reals holds promise for research on workplace learning as it moves beyond a view of reality as fixed and singular to a notion of reality as performed in and through a diversity of practices, including the practices of workplace learning researchers.

Keywords: Ontological politics; workplace learning; power; networks

Volume 5, Issue: 1, Article 4, 2014

Author:
Kerry Harman
Title:
The multiple reals of workplace learning:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9021
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Volume 5, Issue: 1, Article 4, 2014

Author:
Kerry Harman
Title:
The multiple reals of workplace learning:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9021
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Citations:
  • Kerry Harman (2016). Examining work-education intersections: the production of learning reals in and through practice. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 7(1): 89. DOI: 10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0162
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