Article

Amateurism and professionalism in work and learning

Citation

Edwards R (2014) Amateurism and professionalism in work and learning. Journal of Workplace Learning, 26 (6/7), pp. 406-417. https://doi.org/10.1108/JWL-08-2013-0059

Abstract
This article explores the concept of amateurism as a form of critique and addition to the concepts of professionalism, professional work and education. While amateurism is usually conceived pejoratively, the notion of doing something ‘for the love of it’, even if one is not formally qualified, opens up the possibilities for conceiving new forms of work, worker and sets of working relationships based upon different conceptions of expertise. Drawing upon historical and contemporary studies of the contribution of amateurism to professional work, and exploring the role of digital technologies in enabling amateurs to contribute to forms of professional practice, the article explores some of the challenges posed for work and learning, and suggests some lines of research to be explored.

Keywords
amateurism; professionalism; work; learning

Journal
Journal of Workplace Learning: Volume 26, Issue 6/7

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2014
Date accepted by journal20/03/2014
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/21255
PublisherEmerald
ISSN1366-5626