The multiple reals of workplace learning

Kerry Harman
2014 European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults  
The multiple reals of workplace learning are explored in this paper. Drawing on a Foucauldian conceptualisation of power as distributed, relational and productive, networks that work to produce particular objects and subjects as seemingly natural and real are examined. This approach enables different reals of workplace learning to be traced. Data from a collaborative industry-university research project is used to illustrate the approach, with a focus on the intersecting practices of a group of
more » ... professional developers and a group of workplace learning researchers. The notion of multiple reals holds promise for research on workplace learning as it moves beyond a view of reality as fixed and singular to a notion of reality as performed in and through a diversity of practices, including the practices of workplace learning researchers.
doi:10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela9021 fatcat:3cawwtw6ubfxbcrtig22zytq3y