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Recognition of Prior Learning as a Practice for Differential Inclusion and Exclusion of Immigrants in Sweden.
Linköping University, Sweden.
AFI-WRI, Norway.
2008 (English)In: Adult Education Quarterly, ISSN 0741-7136, E-ISSN 1552-3047, Vol. 59, 42-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to describe and analyze how recognition of prior learning acts as a dividing practice and a technique for inclusion/exclusion of immigrants in their vocations in Swedish working life. It is a qualitative study of three pilot programs in Swedish urban centers, and the data consist of interviews and documents pertaining to these programs. The theoretical starting point of the analysis is three Foucauldian concepts: order of discourse, dividing practice, and technology of power. The results show how recognition of prior learning acts as a dividing practice; in the process of recognition, the targeting of certain vocations for assessment, the degrading of competence in the process, and the differing opportunities vis-à-vis further training and the labor market are part of the process of inclusion/exclusion in/from the orders of the labor market. Technologies of power—surveillance, observation, and examination— are part of this process.

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Sage , 2008. Vol. 59, 42-60 p.
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recognition of prior learning, immigrants, order of discourse, dividing practice, technology of power
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31322DOI: 10.1177/0741713608325173OAI: diva2:276071
Available from: 2009-11-10 Created: 2009-11-10 Last updated: 2015-09-08Bibliographically approved

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