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Talking up learning at work : cautionary tales in co‐opting everyday learning

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posted on 01.05.2009, 00:00 authored by David BoudDavid Boud, Donna Rooney, Nicky Solomon
Learning in workplaces is always mediated through talk. It is tempting for management to seek to utilise everyday talk as part of learning and therefore enhance productivity. This paper examines the responses of workers to interventions that aim to formalise informal conversations at work as part of an explicit workplace learning strategy. It draws on interviews with managers and workers in a public sector organisation to examine their experience of these practices. The paper raises questions about whether interventions in the name of fostering informal learning may well be hindering what they seek to promote.

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Journal

International journal of lifelong education

Volume

28

Issue

3

Pagination

323 - 334

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0260-1370

eISSN

1464-519X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Taylor & Francis

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