Lunchtime Lectures: Professor Stephen Billett
Support workers and other disability service providers can often work in relative social isolation. Understanding how they can further develop their occupational capacities through their work is now urgently needed.
Whether sole traders or working in small units, identifying how to refine and extend their skillfulness is important, as they confront changing work requirements and diverse client needs. Many do not have access to structured professional development opportunities outside of their work practice and lose co-workers as key sources of learning.
Drawing on studies of small business employees' learning and development, this session proposes ways in which socially isolated workers can learn effectively through individual actions and collaborative interactions with co-workers and others. Central here is optimising learning opportunities provided through everyday work activities, and how these experiences can be shared and augmented. Whilst not being prescriptive, lessons learned from these earlier studies may offer models and processes that workers can adopt as support strategies. This includes the maxim that this learning and support needs to mainly occur through everyday work activities and interactions.
The objectives of the session are to:
- provide examples and illuminate learning practices and guidance for socially isolated workers;
- appraise the suitability of models of educative workplace practices and interactions for support workers and other disability service providers;
- identify the agentic ways these workers can adopt an approach to their ongoing development through practice;
- propose principles about how they might come to practice; and
- evaluate processes, redress shortcomings and be cautious about less than effective approaches.
About Professor Stephen Billett
Dr Stephen Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He researches how workers acquire the knowledge they need for their occupational practice both through work and educational practice. He has worked in manufacturing, as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer in the Australian vocational education system and teacher and researcher at Griffith University. He is a Fulbright scholar, national teaching fellow, recipient of honorary doctorates from Jyvaskyla University (Finland) and University of Geneva (Switzerland), and is elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia.
Who Should Attend?
Disability service providers, allied health providers, sole traders and others working in isolation
Event DetailsDate: Wednesday, 16 June
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm AEST
Location: Online Zoom