Identity Work and Pedagogy: textually producing the learner-worker

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Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 2005, 57 (1), pp. 95 - 108
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In this article I draw attention to the current legitimising of new forms of identity of vocational and higher education learners. Using identity as a lens for examining pedagogy I focus on one of these new forms â- the learner-worker identity. I examine one teaching and learning practice portfolio development, by discussing the program within which this practice is located and then analysing the texts that are written by the learner-workers as they participate in this program. Through this examination I draw attention to the complex set of identities and accountabilities of learners who move between work and learning sites, and in doing so I aim to illustrate the usefulness of understanding these kinds of textual practices as identity work.
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