Understanding Learning at Work
Work now invariably requires a continual focus on learning: to improve productivity, to enhance the flexibility of employees and to develop and transform organizations. This volume brings together leading experts from the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to critically evaluate the current debates on workplace learning and to propose directions for future developments in both research and practice. Topics covered include:
* expectations of learning at work into the twenty-first century
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The agendas of all these parties in the contemporary economic climate favour forms of knowledge which are 'useful' in which a key question about employees is not what do they know, or understand, but what can they do ...
It cannot just be bought in or developed through initial training programmes; it is too intimately connected with productivity and the operation of contemporary enterprises. Understanding of workplace learning is required at all levels ...
Many contemporary conceptions of workplace learning have thus been historically framed by a flawed logic based on polarities–what is and is not 'knowledge', what counts or does not count as 'learning' – as mentioned above.
Catherine Casey (Chapter 2) examines the changing nature of work in contemporary society, raising many implications for learning at work. This chapter provides readers with an orientation to the influences of workplace sociology on ...
capture the dynamism, flexibility and inclusiveness of the contemporary workplace. This chapter argues a case for moving beyond formulae for learning towards conceptions which are contextually sensitive, pragmatic and strategic.