Conclusion: The Contested Field of Working and Learning

Christian Helms Jørgensen, Andreas Wallo, Hanna Toiviainen, Ulrika Haake, Sandra Bohlinger

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    Work in times of globalisation and uncertainty is undergoing considerable changes, which has strengthened the importance of work as a site of learning. New trends in production, such as digitalisation, challenge traditional modes of producing goods and services. Emerging forms of flexible production and knowledge-work offer growing learning opportunities to people throughout their active working life. In contrast to the stable and standardised modes of Fordist production, modern working life is characterised by rapid changes and employees interacting across globally distributed professional and spatial production networks. Based on continuous relationships of mutual exchange and knowledge building between customers, suppliers and producers, these kinds of learning environments are essentially different from those offered in a school setting. More research is needed to explore the opportunities and obstacles to enhance learning through negotiation and boundary-crossing between different areas of expertise and professionalism. We are far from seeing rich learning environments provided to large groups of lowskilled workers in poor working conditions at the bottom of the global supplier chains. This book explores the challenges of working and learning on the boundaries between education and working life. Globalisation affects the transition patterns from vocational education to the labour market in many ways (Schoon & Silbereisen, 2009), even though the specific challenges to national-level policies vary and need consideration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorking and Learning in Times of Uncertainty : Challenges to Adult, Professional and Vocational Education
    EditorsSandra Bohlinger, Ulrika Haake, Christian Helms Jørgensen, Hanna Toiviainen, Andreas Wallo
    Number of pages10
    Place of PublicationRotterdam
    PublisherBrill | Sense
    Publication date25 Aug 2015
    ISBN (Print)978-94-6300-242-4, 978-94-6300-243-1
    ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6300-244-8
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2015
    SeriesResearch on the Education and Learning of Adults

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