Themes and issues
This chapter will address how the practices and concerns of the workplace, and, by implication employment, intersect with education. Characteristic of this topic is the breadth and quality of writing accompanied by continued uncertainty and lack of consensus on appropriate theoretical tools and thus interpretations of evidence. I shall pursue some preoccupations which have developed over 20 years of work in this broad area as a practitioner, researcher and evaluator.
In the late 1970s I began work on a piece of research which was to become a PhD thesis. Its central theme was the way in which redefinitions of educational practice might play a part in the reconstruction ...