Workplace - a place to learn. When does it matter, that I am I?

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Students in internship face a labour market with increasing production requirements and unpredictability. Furthermore students from Danish School of Media and Journalism, DMJX encounter different professional practices – from public service, to commercial or political organizations. Their employer expects them to be part of the working force, but can we help them take ownership and make workplace remain a place to learn?
Our paper is based on Gert Biesta ́s theory (2011) that good education has three pur-poses: Qualification, socialisation and subjectification. The latter meaning – becoming more autonomous in thinking and decision-making. Thus creating awareness of: When does it matter, that I am I?
The purpose of this paper is therefore to ask: Can we promote subjectification by means
of RPL in internship?
At a workshop we introduce the trainees to Morgan’s metaphorical images of Organiza-tion and make them reflect on how they best ”succeed” as individuals in their organisa-tion. During the next three months, we ask the students to answer some reflective ques-tions about their work, inspired by Karl Tomm(1992). Once a week the answers are posted on Padlet (a digital bulletin board). In this way a collaborative room for learning and reflection occurs. By means of qualitative interviews we sum up the learning process. Creating systematical reflection over values and practise, we expect to empower the stu-
dents and make them more capable of decision-making under pressure.
Furthermore our research can develop new learning objectives at DMJX, adding subjecti-fication (personal judgement and responsibility) to qualifications and socialisation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateNov 2021
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
EventECRPL2021: European Conference on Reflective Practice-based Learning - UCN, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 1 Nov 20213 Nov 2021


ConferenceECRPL2021: European Conference on Reflective Practice-based Learning
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  • learning, educational science and teaching


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