Adult Learning and Technology in Working-Class Life

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 3, 2003 - Education - 252 pages
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This book explores the hidden world of everyday learning in the lives of manufacturing workers in Canada from a social perspective with a focus on computers. It explodes the myth that this everyday learning, despite its apparent openness and freedom, can be understood as class-neutral. Based on life-history interviews, selected ethnographic observations in homes and factories, large-scale survey materials as well as microanalysis of human computer interaction, the analysis explores learning across the various spheres of 'working-class life.' Drawing on personal experiences as a factory worker and academic, the author offers the most detailed examination of learning amongst working-class people currently available.
 

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Contents

Understanding Learning Technology and Social
9
A Historical Materialist Examination of Theories
23
Understanding Working
47
Understanding WorkingClass Standpoints
124
Oral Culture Computer Learning and Social
150
Material Barriers in WorkingClass Computer
173
Contradiction and Commodification in Working
199
Conclusions and Implications
218
Charucteristics of Interviewees
231
Some Further Notes on Sequential Analysis
234
Index
249
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