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Adult Learning and Technology in Working-class Lifeby Peter H. Sawchuk
Synopses & Reviews
This book explores the hidden world of everyday learning in the lives of manufacturing workers from a social perspective. It challenges the myth that 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, and large-scale survey materials as well as the microanalysis of human-computer interaction, the analysis follows learning across the spheres of "working-class life" and draws on the author's personal experiences as a factory worker and academic.
This explores everyday learning among working-class Canadians, exploding the myth that such learning is class-neutral.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-247) and index.
Table of Contents
1. Understanding learning, technology and social class: concepts and claims; 2. A historical materialist examination of theories of adult learning; 3. 'That's technology': understanding working-class perspectives on computer technology; 4. Microanalysis of worker's computer learning: two case studies of computer learning; 5. Working class computer learning networks: exploring the elements of collectivity and class habitus; 6. Understanding working-class standpoints in computer learning; 7. Oral culture, computer learning and social class; 8. Material barriers in working-class computer learning; 9. Contradiction and commodification in working-class computer learning; 10. Conclusions and implications.
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