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Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace

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The significance of individual biography in workplace learning
In this paper we address a perceived gap in the workplace learning literature, for there is very little writing which successfully integrates the issues of individual learners into predominantly social theories of learning. The paper draws upon data from four linked research projects to address this problem. Following an analysis of the theoretical problems and a possible solution, the paper identifies and discussed four overlapping individual dimensions to workplace learning. They are: workers bring prior knowledge, understanding and skills which contribute to their learning; the habitus of workers influences the ways they co-construct and take advantage of opportunities for learning at work; the dispositions of individual workers contribute to the co-production and reproduction of the workplace culture; and belonging to a workplace community contributes to the developing identity of the workers themselves.
Original Document
English

Primary contributor

Author P. Hodkinson

Additional contributors

Co-author H. Hodkinson
Co-author K. Evans
Co-author N. Kersh
Co-author A. Fuller
Co-author L. Unwin
Co-author P. Senker

Additional details

36
1
No
0266-0830
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
01 April 2004
6-24
Leicester
Post-print
Studies in the education of adults

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Harvard

Hodkinson, P. et al (2004) The significance of individual biography in workplace learning. Studies in the education of adults. 36 (1), pp. 6-24 Leicester: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.

Vancouver

Hodkinson P. et al. The significance of individual biography in workplace learning. Studies in the education of adults 2004; 36 (1): 6-24.