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Learning as Work: Teaching and Learning Processes in the Contemporary Work Organisation

An ESRC Teaching and Learning Programme (TLRP) Phase III funded project (2003 - 2008)



OUTPUTS

Research Papers

Kakavelakis, K (2008) ‘Family metaphors and learning processes in a restaurant chain’, Learning as Work Research Paper No 18, Cardiff : Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Khan, A, Shirani, F, Jewson, N, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Kakavelakis, K and Unwin, L (2008) ‘“The prawn sandwich will live forever”: learning to innovate in commercial sandwich production’, Learning as Work Research Paper No 17, Cardiff : Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Hughes, J (2008) ‘The high performance work paradigm: a review and evaluation' Learning as Work Research Paper No 16 , Cardiff : Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Unwin, L., Fuller, A., Bishop, D., Felstead, A., Jewson, N., Kakavelakis, K. (2008) 'Exploring the dangers and benefits of the UK's competence-based approach: the use of vocational qualifications as learning artefacts and tools for measurement in the automotive sector', Learning as Work Research Paper No 15, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Jewson, N., Unwin, L., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Kakavelakis, K. (2008) ''What is the vision for this profession?': learning enviroments of health visitors in an English city', Learning as Work Research Paper No 14, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Bishop, D., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., Kakavelakis, K., Unwin, L. (2008) 'Constructing learning: adversarial and collaborative working in the British construction industry', Learning as Work Research Paper No 13, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Fuller, A., Kakavelakis, K., Felstead, A., Jewson, N., Unwin, L. (2008) 'Learning, knowing and controlling "the stock": the changing nature of employee discretion in a supermarket chain', Learning as Work Research Paper No 12, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Kakavelakis, K., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., Unwin, L. (2007) '"I am quite a genuine person": Sales training and the limits of moulding instrumentality', Learning as Work Research Paper No 11, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Jewson, N., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Kakavelakis, K ., Unwin, L. (2007) 'Transforming knowledge and skills: Reconfiguring the productive system of a local authority', Learning as Work Research Paper No 10, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Felstead, A., Bishop, D., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., Unwin, L., Kakavelakis, K. (2007) 'Performing Identities at Work: Evidence from Contrasting Sectors', Learning as Work Research Paper No 9, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Lee, T., Jewson, N., Bishop., D., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Unwin, L., Kakavelakis, K. (2007) 'There's A Lot More To It Than Just Cutting Hair, You know: Managerial Controls, Work Practices and Identity Narratives Among Hair Stylists' , Learning as Work Research Paper No 8, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Fuller, A., Unwin, L., Bishop, D., Felstead, A., Jewson, N., Kakavelakis, K. & Lee, T. (2006) 'Continuity, Change and Conflict: The Role of Learning and Knowing in Different Productive Systems' , Learning as Work Research Paper No 7, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Felstead, A., Bishop, D., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., Lee, T. & Unwin, L. (2006) 'Moving to the Music: Learning Processes, Training and Productive Systems - The Case of Exercise to Music Instruction', Learning as Work Research Paper No 6, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Bishop, D., Felstead A., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., Lee, T. & Unwin, L. (2006) 'Connecting Culture and Learning in Organisations: A Review of Current Themes', Learning as Work Research Paper No 5, Cardiff: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

Unwin, L., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Lee, T., Butler, P. & Ashton, D. (2005) 'Worlds within Worlds: The Relationship between Context and Pedagogy in the Workplace', Learning as Work Research Paper No 4, Leicester: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester.

Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Unwin, L., Ashton, D., Butler, P., Lee, T. & Walters, S. (2004) 'Applying the Survey Method to Learning at Work: A Recent UK Experience', Learning as Work Research Paper No 3, Leicester: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester.

Lee, T., Fuller, A., Ashton, D., Butler, P., Felstead, A., Unwin, L. & Walters, S. (2004) 'Workplace Learning: Main Themes & Perspectives', Learning as Work Research Paper No 2, Leicester: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester.

Butler, P., Felstead, A., Ashton, D., Fuller, A., Lee, T., Unwin, L. & Walters, S. (2004) 'High Performance Management: A Literature Review', Learning as Work Research Paper No 1, Leicester: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester.

Research Reports

Learning, Communities and Performance: Evidence from the 2007 Communities of Practice Survey, Leicester: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, pp.51. 2007.

Practice Makes Perfect, Leicester: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, pp.12. 2007.

Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Unwin, L., Ashton, D., Butler, P. & Lee, T. 'Better Learning, Better Performance: Evidence from the 2004 Learning at Work Survey', Leicester: National Institute for Continuing Adult Education. (Front cover and executive summary only. Full report can be purchased here). 2004.

Conference Papers and Presentations

2008

Learning as Work consultative Conference’, seven papers presented at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, 30-31 January 2008. These were: (i) ‘Conceptualizing Learning at Work’; (ii) “‘What is the vision for this profession?” Learning environments of health visitors in an English city’; (iii) ‘Learning, knowing and controlling “the stock”: the changing nature of employee discretion in a supermarket chain’; (iv) Constructing learning: adversarial and collaborative working in the British construction industry’; (v) ‘The interaction of quantitative and qualitative research methods: illustrations from a local authority call centre’; (vi) “‘Joining in”: the ambiguities and benefits and participation in sales training’; and (vii) ‘Video as a tool of access: illuminating the competence-based approach in the automotive sector’.

Kakavelakis, K, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, and Unwin, L. ‘Making a sales advisor: the limits of “instrumental empathy’”, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 60(3): 209-221. 2008.

2007

‘Getting the measure of Communities in Practice: a fruitful exercise or a waste of time?’, paper presented at the 5th Researching Work and Learning Conference, University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2-5 December, 2007.

‘Contextualising the relationship between work and learning: productive systems and learning environments’, symposium papers presented at the 5th Researching Work and Learning Conference, University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2-5 December, 2007.

'Measuring instruments: the use of metaphors and concepts in situating learning', paper presented to NIACE Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning: A National Strategy, Congress House, London, November 2007.

'Winning ways for work-based learning', keynote presentation to the NIACE Conference, Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, September 2007.

Opening the 'black box' of workplace learning', invited keynote presentation at 'Europe's Cultures of Workplace Learning' conference, Danube University Krems, Austria, September 2007.

2006

‘“McDonaldizing” aerobics: learning, training and productive systems in group fitness instruction', paper presented to the Education, Culture and Society Research Group, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, December 2006.

'Reconfiguring contract research?: career, work and learning in a changing employment landscape', presented at the SRHE Annual Conference, 'Beyond Boundaries: New Horizons for Research into Higher Education', Brighton, December 2006.

‘Performing identities at work: evidence from contrasting sectors', paper to the Annual TLRP conference, Glasgow , November 2006.

‘Getting the measure of workplace learning: the conceptual and methodological challenges faced by survey researchers', invited keynote presentation to the Scottish Forum on Work-related Learning, Stirling University , November 2006.

‘Studying workplace learning at close quarters: the value of qualitative research', paper presented to the Scottish Forum on Work Related Learning, Stirling University , November 2006.

‘Grooving to the same tunes? Learning, training and productive systems in the aerobics studio', paper presented to the School of Business and Economics, Swansea University , November 2006.

'Performing identites at work: Evidence from contrasting sectors', paper presented to the 'Transitions Throught the Lifecourse' Seminar Series, University if Nottingham, October 2006.

‘Putting training and learning in context: the value of qualitative methods', invited keynote presentation to the Sector Skills Development Agency's Annual Intelligence Network Conference, Leeds , September 2006.

‘Moving to the music: learning processes, training and productive systems', paper presented to the annual BERA conference, University of Warwick , September 2006.

‘Situated learning in context: an exploration of the factors influencing workplace learning and “knowing” in contrasting organisations', paper presented as part of a keynote symposium to the annual BERA conference, University of Warwick, September 2006.

‘Continuity, change and conflict: the role of learning and knowing in different productive systems', invited paper to the final Work and Lifelong Learning Network Conference – ‘Rethinking Work and Learning', OISE, University of Toronto , Canada , June 2006.

‘The use and misuse of qualifications for adult learning in England ', invited keynote presentation to the Institute for Public Policy Research seminar on Adult Learning, London , June 2006.

‘Organising work for effective learning', invited keynote presentation to the annual NIACE Public Policy Conference, London , May 2006.

Keynote Presentation to the NIACE Adult Learners' Week 2006 Conference, 'Adult Skills in the Global Economy', The Hilton, Park Lane, London, May 2006.

‘Situated learning in context: an exploration of the factors influencing workplace learning and ‘knowing' in contrasting organisations', paper presented as part of a keynote symposium to the annual AERA conference, San Francisco, April 2006.

‘Moving to the music: learning processes, training and productive systems – the case of exercise to music instruction', paper presented to International Labour Process Conference, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, University of London, April, 2006.

2005

'Who Learns What at Work?', presented at the 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, December 2005.

'Cutting it: Learning and Work Performance in Hairdressing Salons', presented at the TLRP Annual Conference 2005, University of Warwick, UK, November and at the 4th International Conference on Researching Work and Learning, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, Decembe 2005.

‘Supporting vocational skills and workplace learning – still undervalued and misunderstood?', presented to the Regional Skills Partnerships in a Global Economy conference (ESRC/ESF/RDAs), Tewkesbury , June 2005.

‘Worlds within worlds: the relationship between context and pedagogy in the workplace', presented to the 1 st seminar in the TLRP Thematic Series, Contexts, Communities, Networks: Mobilising Learners' Resources and Relationships in Different Domains , Glasgow Caledonian University , February 2005.

2004

Surveying the scene: learning metaphors, survey design and the workplace context', paper presented to the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme Annual Conference, Marriott Hotel, Cardiff, 22-24 November 2004.

‘Exposing learning at work: results from a recent survey', paper presented to the Work, Employment and Society Conference, UMIST, 1-3 September 2004.

‘Applying the survey method to learning at work: a recent UK experiment', paper presented to the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Rethymnon Campus, University of Crete, Greece, 22-25 September 2004.

Press Coverage Citing Results of Research

‘On-the-job learning best for improved performance’, Tamworth Herald, 10 February 2005.

Unwin, L, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, Kakavelakis, K, Lee, T, and Butler, P (2008) ‘Worlds within worlds: the relationship between context and pedagogy in the workplace’, in Nijhof, W J and Nieuwenhuis, L F M (eds) The Learning Potential of the Workplace, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

‘Set structured paths to qualified success', by Gavin Shreeve, Financial Adviser , 29 July 2004 .

‘Adult learners drop to lowest level under Labour', The Times Higher Educational Supplement , 21 May 2004 .

‘Workplace training is vital', by Ian Nash, The Times Educational Supplement , 14 May 2004 .

‘By concentrating on qualifications, we risk turning away adults who simply wish to learn' by Alan Tuckett, The Guardian , 11 May 2004 .

Chapters in Books

Unwin, L, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, Kakavelakis, K, Lee, T, and Butler, P (2008) ‘Worlds within worlds: the relationship between context and pedagogy in the workplace’, in Nijhof, W J and Nieuwenhuis, L F M (eds) The Learning Potential of the Workplace, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Unwin, L., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Ashton., D, Bishop,. D, Lee, T & Jewson, N (2006) ‘The value and pitfalls of informal learning', in Porter, S and Campbell , M (eds) Skills and Economic Performance , London : Caspian Publishing.

Journal Articles

Kakavelakis, K, Felstead, A, Fuller, A, Jewson, N, and Unwin, L (2008) ‘Making a sales advisor: the limits of “instrumental empathy’”, Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 60(3): 209-221.

Fuller, A., Unwin, L., Felstead, A., Jewson, N & Konstantinos, K. (2007) ' Creating and using knowledge: an analysis of the differentiated nature of the workplace learning enviroments', British Educational Research Journal, 33 (5): 743-759.

Unwin, L., Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Bishop, D., Lee, T., Jewson, N., Butler. P. (2007) 'Looking inside the Russian doll: the interconnections between context, learning and pedagogy in the workplace' , Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 15 (3): 333-378

Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Jewson, N., Kakavelakis., K & Unwin, L. (2007) 'Grooving to the same tunes?: Learning, training and productive systems in the aerobics studio', Work, Employment and Society, 21 (2): 189-208.

Felstead, A., Fuller, A., Unwin, L., Ashton, D., Butler, P. & Lee, T. (2005) 'Surveying the scene: Learning metaphors, survey design and the workplace context', Journal of Education and Work, 18(4): 359-383.

 


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