Metaphors of Work-based Vocational Education for Residential Care


  • Evgueni Chepelin University of Stirling


work-based learning, residential care, Camphill Community


Within an ethnographic study of effects of organisational cultures on work-based learning, two students’ practice portfolios and interviews were analysed applying Bourdieu’s theoretical tools. Analysis pointed to two types of habitus, one being characterised by the student’s propensity to immerse herself in the “lifespace” of her local community and to cultivate a sense of belonging and trust, and the other by a disposition on the other student’s part to establish “boundaries” in her interaction with colleagues and to attain a “balcony view” of the turbulent events in the wider organisation. Metaphors used by the students in their writing indicated transformation of students’ habitus on their trajectories through the organisational fields.

Author Biography

Evgueni Chepelin, University of Stirling


Originally published by The Higher Education Academy

PBLH, Vol 2, Issue 2 (July 2014)





How to Cite

Chepelin, E. (2016). Metaphors of Work-based Vocational Education for Residential Care. International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care, 2(2), 80–87. Retrieved from