Learning in multicultural workspaces: a case of aged care

Godby, Robert (2023) Learning in multicultural workspaces: a case of aged care. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 63 (1). pp. 56-75.

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The predicted growth of the aged care sector in Australia, driven by the ageing population, is expected to create an increasing need for workplaces to support the development for all kinds and classifications of workers to undertake their work within multicultural settings. This paper describes and elaborates the necessary and increasing requirement for workplaces to support adult learning in multicultural circumstances. A mixed methods approach was used to collect data from workers undertaking the role of carer in residential aged care facilities across the east coast of Australia. Arising from the collection and analysis of these data are contributions to knowledge including a conceptual model for understanding learning in multicultural settings. This research emphasizes a notion that cultural diversity has a fundamental influence on workplace learning in aged care and identifies practices to support cross-cultural communication, coworking and learning. Further, inter-worker learning is reinforced as a key enabler of performance in aged care work. Such contributions help to understand what influences workplace learning in multicultural settings and how it may be better supported.

Item ID: 78832
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1443-1394
Keywords: adult learning, workplace learning, cross-cultural learning, multicultural team learning, learning in aged care
Copyright Information: © Copyright Adult Learning Australia No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the prior permission of the publishers and copyright owner.
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2023 04:50
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470212 Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education @ 80%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130202 Languages and linguistics @ 20%
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