Learning manual handling without direct supervision and support: A case study of Australian home care workers

Publisher:
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Social Work Education, 2016, 36 (3), pp. 273 - 288
Issue Date:
2016-08
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How home care workers (HCWs) adapt their classroom training to their workplaces is central to their own safety and that of their care recipients. A case study approach was adopted for this inquiry into HCW training in Australia, where new workers were directly observed and interviewed in their workplaces following classroom training. Findings from the study advance four contributions: (a) learning is person-dependent, (b) artefacts in the form of written materials afford a valuable form of learning support; (c) opportunities for these workers to meet, share and refresh their knowledge are important for further development of occupational capacities; and (d) more organisational support for such socially isolated workers’ learning is needed.
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