Abstract

This critical qualitative study explores women's experiences in a short-term welfare-to-work job training program. In this paper, we examine how the women's efforts to combine schooling, work, and family life were affected by what we identified as a dominant discourse of work. The study contributes to knowledge of the ideological assumptions underlying dominant conceptions of work-related knowledge and skills, and points to the need for more critical approaches to work-related adult education.

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Negotiating the Discourse of Work: Women and Welfare-to-Work Educational Programs

This critical qualitative study explores women's experiences in a short-term welfare-to-work job training program. In this paper, we examine how the women's efforts to combine schooling, work, and family life were affected by what we identified as a dominant discourse of work. The study contributes to knowledge of the ideological assumptions underlying dominant conceptions of work-related knowledge and skills, and points to the need for more critical approaches to work-related adult education.