How Can Dialogues Around Work Experience Enhance Adult Students Learning

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: How Can Dialogues Around Work Experience Enhance Adult Students Learning
Stream: Adult, Lifelong & Distance Learning
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Lars Aage Rotvold, UiT University of the Arctic, Norway


Dialogue with colleagues and students is a key aspect in order to promote good learning processes. This is especially important when the students inhabit work experience when they join courses at university level. Facilitating for dialogue processes where the students' own workplace becomes an arena for learning, is therefore important for me as a teacher. Filstad (2010) highlights the workplace as a context for understanding and passing on knowledge about learning. She points to three key characteristics:
1. The importance of informal learning
2. An understanding of the workplace as a learning environment
3. The interest in connection with knowledge development, which in turn is directly connected to the working life.

In this paper I will present how use of systematic dialogues can contribute to how the students' work experience can be a constructive part of the learning processes. This approach can can give an important tool for establishing good learning processes and create motivation for adult student groups.

The project is an action research project where reflection logs and conversations with students and colleagues is the basic the data material.

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