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Lifelong Learning in Paid and Unpaid Work
Survey and Case Study Findings

ISBN 9780415619837
Published March 2, 2011 by Routledge
272 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Lifelong Learning is essential to all individuals and in recent years has become a guiding principle for policy initiatives, ranging from national economic competition to issues of social cohesion and personal fulfilment. However, despite the importance of lifelong learning there is a critical absence of direct, international evidence on its extent, content and outcomes.

Lifelong Learning in Paid and Unpaid Work provides a new paradigm for understanding work and learning, documenting the active contribution of workers to their development and their adaptation to paid and unpaid work. Empirical evidence drawn from national surveys in Canada and eight related case studies is used to explore the current learning activities of those in paid employment, housework and volunteer work, addressing all forms of learning including: formal schooling, further education courses, informal training and self-directed learning, particularly in the context of organisational and technological change.

Proposing an expanded conceptual framework for investigating the relationships between learning and work, the contributors offer new insights into the ways in which adult learning adapts to and helps reshape the wide contemporary world of work throughout the life course.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Framework for Exploring Relations between Lifelong Learning and Work in the Computer Era D.W. Livingstone  Part I Surveys  1. Work and Learning in the Computer Era: Basic Survey Findings D.W. Livingstone and Antonie Scholtz  Part II Case Studies of Unpaid Work and Learning  2. Odd Project Out: Studying Lifelong Learning through Unpaid Household Work Margrit Eichler  3. Volunteer Work and Informal Learning: Exploring the Connections Daniel Schugurensky, Fiona Duguid and Karsten Mündel  Part III Case Studies of Paid Work and Learning  4. Re-visiting Taylorism: Conceptual Implications for Studies of Lifelong Learning, Technology and Work in the Public Sector Peter H. Sawchuk  5. Women’s experiences of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Work in the "Knowledge-Based" Society: Learning the Gender Politics of IT Jobs Shauna Butterwick and Kaela Jubas  6. Beginning from Disability to Study a Corporate Organization of Learning Kathryn Church, Catherine Frazee and Melanie Panitch  7. Teachers’ Learning and Work Relations: (Shifting) Engagements and Challenges Paul Tarc and Fab Antonelli  Part IV Case Studies of Transitions between Education and Work  8. Challenging Transitions from School to Work Alison Taylor  9. Biographical Transitions and Adult Learning: Reproduction and/or Mobilization Pierre Doray, Paul Bélanger, Elaine Biron, Simon Cloutier and Olivier Meyer  Part V Concluding Reflections  10. Reflections on Results of Canadian Studies and German Perspectives on Work-related Learning Bernd Overwien   11.‘Not just another survey’: Reflections on Researchers’ Working and Learning through Investigating Work and Lifelong Learning Stephen Billett 12. Reflections on the WALL Research Network and Future Studies of Work and Learning D.W. Livingstone

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D. W. Livingstone is Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work at the University of Toronto, and Professor and Head of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT). His books include The Education-Jobs Gap (2004) and Education and Jobs: Exploring the Gaps (2009).


'We need more learning opportunities for adults, not fewer; but these must be accompanied by structural changes and reflexivity. Otherwise, we shall once again blame the victims. This book will add mightily to the debates around these issues – and more such studies are needed in other contexts.' - Alan Rogers, International Review of Education 2012


'David Livingstone has a particular talent for ‘reversing the optic’ in his analyses of how people learn in and through work in the contemporary world. In this latest book, Livingstone brings unpaid work from the unfocused periphery to the centre of the field of vision. He offers a ‘real world’ reason for doing so, arguing that substantial informal learning related to household work and volunteer work is transferable to paid employment but virtually all of it is currently ignored, at a substantial cost to economies and the health and well-being of our societies.' - Karen Evans, British Journal of Educational Studies 2012