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Chapter 14

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University of Toronto Mississauga
Lina Samuel

CHAPTER 14: EDUCATION for an INFORMATION AGE? ALAN SEARS - Sears argues that education reform is not propelled by a dramatic shift in skills required in the labour market , although it is tied to the disciplinary requirements of systems of lean production Skills for the Information Age? - Labour market is changing in important ways and so it must follow that the educational system should also change - as the restructuring of Ontarios economy continues, it is expected that demand for both full-time and part-time study will increase, as people of all ages pursue learning to acquire knowledge and skills to remain competitive in the workplace (Ontario Ministry of Education and Training OMET) - This chapter examines the contradictory relationship between skills and education - There is a common assumption that workers would need more education in the contemporary world - Livingstone describes this assumption that increased skills should be required as the prevailing myth of post-industrial work - Lean production is bringing into play new technologies and methods of work organization; the optimistic account of lean production presents it as a method for increasing worker autonomy and skill in the labour process Skills and Lean Production - Lean production builds on the central Taylorist techniques of breaking jobs down into elemental tasks, organizing work around a sequence of specified tasks to be carried out as management control over the process as a whole - Workers tend to develop their own knowledge of work processes, learning to do things better to gain some control over the pace of work or to gain break time - Lean production attempts to harvest this knowledge and use it to speed up the process - There is a good argument then, that the changes we are seeing in the workplace are not in any simple sense about upping the level of skill - Lean production fits in towards the degradation of work since the early 20 century through the implementation of Taylorist scientific management methods New Kinds of Problem Solving - Even if we are not seeing a new trend towards upgrading, that does not mean that there is no change in the skill requirements for jobs - Tony Elger argues in his critique of Braverman that mass production throughout the 20 century has not produced a homogenous deskilled labour force, but rather a www.notesolution.com
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