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Searching for the meanings of learning at work: cases of product planners
This working paper examines learning at work as it is experienced among product planners. The paper focuses on three questions of 1) what are product plannersí conceptions of their work and learning experiences in different situations in a work context, 2) why are the learning processes and the learning situations examined through ethnographic methods and 3) what are some preliminary remarks of this ethnographic analysis. The study presented here is the first part of a larger research project which aims to describe and understand the phenomenon and the processes of workplace learning as it is perceived by planners themselves. Further, it will describe the meanings that are given to learning. Individual and collective meanings will be studied. An analysis of learning situations is based on observations and interviews, and an analysis of the meanings that are given to these learning experiences on every day work in interviews. The specific aim of the first part of the research project is to examine the learning situations and processes described by planners. The preliminary results presented in this working paper are grounded on first 8 interviews conducted in one high-tech enterprise in central Finland.
Manning, Sabine; Raffe, David (eds.). 2000. VETNET ECER 2000 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/vet/ecer00.htm].