You are here:

Technology and the Articulation of Vocational and Academic Interests: Reflections on Time, Space and E-Learning

Studies in Continuing Education Volume 28, Number 2, ISSN 0158-037X


E-learning is commonly thought of as a means of overcoming the constraints of time and space: offering the possibilities of “anytime, anywhere” learning. The argument in this paper is not intended to debunk this as a myth, but to examine some of the ways in which time and space are understood in relation to learning and e-learning. In the context of e-learning for continuing education time takes on a special value. Yet it is strangely under-examined in the literature of e-learning. The paper emphasizes two things: (i) that time and space are not containers for activity, but social constructs; (ii) the spatio-temporal simplifications to be found in the discourse and practice of e-learning are not neutral, benefiting some people and not others, obscuring as well as revealing choices. The same is true of the simplifications about learning and knowledgeable action in the workplace, so the paper also reflects upon some of the dominant simplifications about the relationships between knowledge and action in the academy and the workplace. (Contains 2 tables and 9 notes.)


Goodyear, P. (2006). Technology and the Articulation of Vocational and Academic Interests: Reflections on Time, Space and E-Learning. Studies in Continuing Education, 28(2), 83-98. Retrieved December 10, 2018 from .

This record was imported from ERIC on April 18, 2013. [Original Record]

ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Copyright for this record is held by the content creator. For more details see ERIC's copyright policy.


View References & Citations Map

Cited By

  1. Educational video: A literature based educational thinking tool for student and teacher production

    Michael ODonoghue, University of Manchester, UK, United Kingdom

    EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2013 (Jun 24, 2013) pp. 902–909

  2. Helping Themselves to Audiographics: Students Lead Their Own Learning

    John Pettit, The Open University, United Kingdom

    EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2007 (Jun 25, 2007) pp. 1923–1930

These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact