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Beyond the current political economy of competence development
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SourceEuropean journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults 4 (2013) 2, S. 153-170 ZDB
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Keywords (German)Kompetenz; Begriff; Qualifikation; Politische Ökonomie; Formale Bildung; Informelles Lernen; Arbeitskraft; Ökonomisches Verhalten; Arbeitsprozess; Subjektivität; Wissen; Arbeit; Demokratie; Konzeption; Theorie; Kompetenzentwicklung; Lebenslanges Lernen; Interesse; Diskurs; Europa
sub-disciplineAdult Education / Further Education
Document typeArticle (journal)
ISSN2000-7426
LanguageEnglish
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review statusPeer-Reviewed
Abstract (English):Competence is a concept imported into the adult and continuing education arena from the psychological terminology of human resource development in work organizations. It has been elevated to a societal and political level as part of a new discursive regime. This article points out the significance of the particular circumstances in which the competence discourse has emerged, and argues for its critical investigation within a Marxist framework. A new discourse of learning and competence reflects a new material dependency of capital(ism) on the concrete quality of work and workers, requiring a total program of learning for work. This opens a new arena of political struggle over the direction of learning processes and the participation of workers in work and society. The socio-economic realities and new understanding of the interrelationship between knowledge, skills, learning and practice central to the competence concept, raises a potential issue about the role of work and the living worker in a capitalist economy. This requires a re-development of the notion of economy based in the value and interest of working people, and enabled by the full development of the competences of the workers themselves. A notion of the “political economy of working people” is proposed as a framework for investigating the potentials of competence development for enhanced democracy. (DIPF/Orig.)
other articles of this journalEuropean journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults Jahr: 2013
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Date of publication25.10.2013
Suggested CitationSalling Olesen, Henning: Beyond the current political economy of competence development - In: European journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults 4 (2013) 2, S. 153-170 - URN: urn:nbn:de:0111-opus-83020
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