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Article
Publication date: 1 March 2002

Margaret Somerville

This paper is guided by the question “How do the generalised findings from a gender analysis of workplace learning translate to understanding learning in an aged care…

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This paper is guided by the question “How do the generalised findings from a gender analysis of workplace learning translate to understanding learning in an aged care workplace?” The method is to analyse the research data in terms of a gender analysis of workplace learning literature. The findings represent a map of potentials and limitations for workplace learning under conditions of globalisation in an aged care organisation. These findings will be used to facilitate development of workplace learning and to suggest directions for further research.

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 14 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Publication date: 4 October 2011

Mary M. Somerville and Margaret Brown‐Sica

Libraries required to accommodate new services within existing facilities can benefit from an inclusive planning approach which produces a design concept and project…

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Purpose

Libraries required to accommodate new services within existing facilities can benefit from an inclusive planning approach which produces a design concept and project phases for repurposing space. In the process, organizational decision making can move from print‐centered to program‐driven through intention use of information to learn. This paper seeks to explore this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

Participatory action research (PAR) offers an action‐oriented and learning‐centered approach to (re)design of library facilities through an iterative plan‐act‐observe‐reflect cycle. Auraria Library's culminating charette illustrates the efficacy of PAR principles and practices for repurposing library facilities in response to changing user demands.

Findings

Over an 18‐month period, participatory action research activities fostered data collection and interpretation activities, preparatory to a two‐day design charette conducted with and for members of campus constituencies. In addition to clarifying design elements for project phases with estimated budgets, the inclusive inquiry processes initiated campus relationships essential to successful project implementation.

Research limitations/implications

This research study reports the latest findings in a series of North American implementation projects begun in 2003. The most ambitious to date, it involves library staff and campus stakeholders in inclusive library redesign processes.

Practical implications

Amidst dynamically changing internal and external circumstances, libraries can employ participatory action research principles and practices to use information to learn. The Auraria Library example illustrates the transferability of using inclusive information‐centered and learning‐focused approaches for organizational direction setting.

Social implications

The purpose of the action‐oriented and learning‐focused approach is to engage participants in using information to learn. Participatory action research is therefore intrinsically emancipatory.

Originality/value

A paucity of professional literature on participatory action research exists in the library and information science field. Therefore, this contribution both offers a promising approach for collaborative decision making and fills a gap in the professional knowledge base.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 29 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Article
Publication date: 1 April 2006

Annemaree Lloyd and Margaret Somerville

The purpose of this article is to explore the contribution that an information literacy approach to the empirical study of workplace learning can make to how people…

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Purpose

The purpose of this article is to explore the contribution that an information literacy approach to the empirical study of workplace learning can make to how people understand and conceptualise workplace learning.

Design/methodology/approach

Three cohorts of fire‐fighters working in two regional locations in NSW, Australia were interviewed using a semi‐structured interview approach. Constructivist grounded theory methodology was employed to work with the data; post‐structuralism.

Findings

Study findings indicate that an understanding of information literacy and information literacy practices contributes to workplace learning by highlighting the relationship between different modalities of information, and the relationship between workplace learning and professional identity. Information literacy is not solely confined to developing skills related to accessing information in textual or digital modalities, but requires access to social and physical sources of information.

Originality/value

The information literacy approach contributes to a developing understanding of the role of workplace learning by highlighting the process as a catalyst for learning. This process is underpinned by ways of knowing about the types of situated information sources that are valuable for learning about practice and profession.

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 18 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 1988

Daphne Park

This article is based on the British Petroleum Lecture given at the Royal Society of Arts, London, in December 1987 by the author.

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This article is based on the British Petroleum Lecture given at the Royal Society of Arts, London, in December 1987 by the author.

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Education + Training, vol. 30 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

Article
Publication date: 1 June 2004

Margaret Somerville and Alison McConnell‐Imbriotis

This paper explores the results of applying a diagnostic questionnaire for measuring the dimensions of a learning organisation in a resource squeezed service organisation…

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This paper explores the results of applying a diagnostic questionnaire for measuring the dimensions of a learning organisation in a resource squeezed service organisation. The questionnaire was conducted as the first stage of an ethnographic study of workplace learning in an aged care organization. It was distributed to the 600 employees in nine facilities to provide baseline information to be complemented by qualitative data collected in the second stage. Strengths in the dimensions of leadership and systemic connection and weaknesses in the areas of dialogue and inquiry, team learning and empowering people were revealed. Preliminary qualitative data support the findings and add to the meaning of the questionnaire results. Subsequent discussions with the organisation about the questionnaire suggest that it was a useful tool to enhance workplace learning.

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 16 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Publication date: 1 January 2006

Darryl Dymock

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Publication date: 1 April 2006

Darryl Dymock

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Journal of Workplace Learning, vol. 18 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-5626

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Publication date: 1 April 1961

E.M.R. DITMAS

These are personal reminiscences only and my connection with Aslib did not begin until May 1933. Nevertheless, to understand the situation as I found it, it is necessary…

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These are personal reminiscences only and my connection with Aslib did not begin until May 1933. Nevertheless, to understand the situation as I found it, it is necessary to sketch very briefly an outline of the previous nine years of Aslib's existence.

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Library Review, vol. 18 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Governing for the Future: Designing Democratic Institutions for a Better Tomorrow
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78635-056-5

Article
Publication date: 1 January 1945

R.S. HUTTON

The stimulus given by the last war to the study of foreign industrial practice probably had much to do with laying the foundations on which, by the well‐timed action of a…

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The stimulus given by the last war to the study of foreign industrial practice probably had much to do with laying the foundations on which, by the well‐timed action of a few enthusiasts, the first Aslib Conference was based.

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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