Learning through and about practice: A lifeworld perspective

Dall'Alba, Gloria and Sandberg, Jorgen (2010). Learning through and about practice: A lifeworld perspective. In Stephen Billett (Ed.), Learning through practice: Models, traditions, orientations and approaches (pp. 104-119) Dordrecht: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3939-2_6

Author Dall'Alba, Gloria
Sandberg, Jorgen
Title of chapter Learning through and about practice: A lifeworld perspective
Title of book Learning through practice: Models, traditions, orientations and approaches
Language of Book Title eng
Place of Publication Dordrecht
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-3939-2_6
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Year available 2010
Series Professional and Practice-based Learning
ISBN 9789048139392
ISSN 2210-5549
Editor Stephen Billett
Volume number 1
Chapter number 6
Start page 104
End page 119
Total pages 16
Total chapters 15
Language eng
Subjects B1
150305 Human Resources Management
910402 Management
Abstract/Summary A diverse range of practice-based approaches has increased our understanding of learning in preparation for work and in the workplace. While these approaches are rich and varied, they generally conceptualise practice as a singular, rational whole, thereby overlooking the multiplicity of practice. Moreover, practice-based approaches commonly adopt an epistemological focus that neglects the ontological dimension central to learning. In other words, these approaches emphasise the knowledge or activities that are learned, at the expense of attention to who learners are becoming and what this process of becoming involves. We adopt a lifeworld perspective in proposing an alternative approach that focuses on development of 'ways of being', such as ways of teaching or managing. Ways of being guide and direct our activities, giving meaning to what we do and who we are. We outline the historical development and key features of this alternative approach. We use empirical material from our research on learning in highher education and the workplace in demonstrating how a lifeworld perspective can provide a new and innovative approach to practice-based learning.
Keyword Learning through practice
Lifeworld Perspective
Historical Development
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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