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Communicative Practices in Work and Training Contexts: Exercising Transformative Authority?

  • Jerome EneauEmail author
  • Eric Bertrand
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Abstract

Authority and power are relational concepts and, as such, they are at the heart of all forms of transformative learning, especially in professions where the relationship to the other is fundamental. This chapter presents findings based on long-term research, conducted in France, on transformative learning alongside French psychosociology and institutional analysis. We discuss the notions of power and authority, as they are deployed in work and vocational training. We first present the concepts used, in their French meaning, and the links between authority, transformative learning and reflexivity. Then, we underline the conditions of dialogue which condition an exercise of authority, especially in the workplace, and may allow, under certain conditions, to develop truly transformative learning.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of RennesRennesFrance

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