ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Tacit skills and work inequalities: A UK perspective on tacit forms of key competences, and issues for future research
The call for wider recognition of skills gained through non-formal learning is only one facet of a debate centred on the nature of the so-called knowledge-based economy and the ways in which the 'knowledge' concerned is codified and used. The new debate has been fuelled by economists and labour market specialists, creating new possibilities for interdisciplinary endeavour with learning professionals and educational/ social researchers in trying to understand better what it is that actually constitutes the 'knowledge base' of the economy and the place of non-formal learning in this scenario.
In this paper I argue that these questions are centrally important in considering questions of inequalities in skill recognition and access to learning at for and through the workplace. This is not an 'academic' discussion. The European proposals for Personal Skills Cards places this debate close to the heart of the political and economic agenda in the expanding European Community, and the proposals merit critical examination by us all.
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 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/ecer01.htm].