Dwelling at Work

  • Paul Gibbs
Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 4)


The above words are in the opening page of Heidegger’s Building, Dwelling, Thinking, from which Heidegger provides a philological analysis of dwelling, which leads to a place where one is safeguarded. Should we desire a flourishing society, that is, a democratic community based on relatedness not transaction and on transcendence not immanence, which embraces both tacit and propositional knowledge, then workplace learning is necessary, although not sufficient, for a democratic society. I argue for the restoration of the centrality of workplace learning through active, experiential learning. Indeed, it is through experiential, vocational learning—central in the advocacy of Freire (1998)—that democracy and civic responsibility can flourish.


Vocational Education Practical Wisdom Workplace Learning Propositional Knowledge Occupational Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Middlesex University, The Institute for Work Based LearningNicosiaCyprus

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