Three Aspects of Epistemological Agency: The Socio-personal Construction of Work-Learning
Agency is a concept that seeks to identify and explain the sources and levels of influence that mediate activity. Personal agency is a qualifying concept that seeks to identify and acknowledge the set of influences that can be attributed to individuals as their contribution to the sociocultural activities and practices in which they participate. These contributions may be considered strong and weak but cannot be disregarded in efforts to understand learning and how it emerges as both process and legacy of engaging in work. Workers are active learners. They are engaged in learning through the very practices that constitute work. Their learning endeavours can be conceptualised as epistemological agency – the socio-personal construction of learning in, through and for work, that is, work-learning. Epistemological agency is predicated on workers’ enactment of three aspects of agency. They are (a) agency as property, (b) agency as relationship and (c) agency as transformation. Drawing on a range of work-learning research to support and illustrate its case, this chapter elaborates the three aspects of agency and argues that understanding work-learning (and thereby its enhancement) requires accounting for and appreciating workers’ epistemological agency and the personal work-learning agenda enacted as its manifestation.
Agency at Work: An Agentic Perspective on Professional Learning and Development
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