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    A tentative return to experience in researching learning at work

    Harman, Kerry (2017) A tentative return to experience in researching learning at work. Studies in Continuing Education 40 (1), pp. 17-29. ISSN 0158-037X.

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    Abstract

    This paper explores possibilities for more democratic approaches to researching learning in and through everyday workplace practices. This links with a concern with who is able to speak in representations of learning at work, what is able to be spoken about and how knowing, learning and experience are inscribed in theories of workplace learning. I propose that Rancière’s notion of ‘the distribution of the sensible’, which draws attention to an aesthetic dimension of experience, knowledge and politics, provides a useful way of exploring learning in and through everyday workplace practices. The approach points to the possibility of knowledge without hierarchies and a shift from a knowledge – ignorance binary. An understanding of experience as aesthetic enables accounts of learning which counter the story of destiny in literature on learning in and through everyday practice. It also points to a very different way of doing academic research. The presupposition of equality is the point of departure in this approach and the purpose of research is the verification of equality (rather than the verification of oppression). The paper makes a significant contribution to literature on learning in and through everyday workplace practices by disrupting a prevailing view that knowledge is necessarily tied to identity.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Democratic politics, aesthetic experience, knowledge hierarchies, workplace learning
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Kerry Harman
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 15:45
    Last Modified: 28 Jun 2020 06:03
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20183

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