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Avis, James – Journal of Education and Work, 2007
This article examines Engestrom's version of activity theory, one rooted in Marxism. It is argued that whilst this approach holds progressive possibilities, its radicalism is undermined by a restricted conceptualisation of transformation and the marginalisation of a politicised notion of social antagonism. As a consequence, this approach to…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Social Structure, Social Theories, Labor Economics
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Avis, James – Journal of Education and Work, 2004
The article explores work-based learning in the context of current changes taking place in vocational education and training in England. It seeks to locate these within an understanding of the economy and the way in which work-based knowledge is construed. The article analyses these issues, drawing upon a literature that examines the work-based…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Justice, Education Work Relationship
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Avis, James; Bathmaker, Ann-Marie; Parsons, John – Journal of Education and Work, 2002
Focus groups with 43 British preservice teachers preparing for the postcompulsory sector revealed their concerns about facilitating learning for "second-chance" students and some emancipatory and social justice ideals. However, they tended to express technicist ideas of teaching and constructions of "good" and "bad"…
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Postsecondary Education, Preservice Teachers