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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He is author of Informal Learning in the Workplace (also by Routledge), and has been widely published on the topics of workplace reform and industry training, informal learning, the politics of learning at work and HRD.
Along with the move towards 'knowledge workers' have been prescriptions for business and industry such as the creation of 'learning organisations' or 'learning companies' in which learning at work is seen as a pivotal concern.
This is reflected in developments such as the recognition of prior learning, competency-based standards for vocational and general education and the development of new models of formal education which link industry and education more ...
There have been notable initiatives, for example through new partnerships between employers and unions in the vehicle manufacturing industry in the UK, which explicitly promote non-vocational learning at work. Modern enterprise, in this ...
The divide between individualistic, enterprise-focused and socially focused conceptions has, however, created misunderstandings between industry bodies and employers on the one hand, and formal education institutions and academics on ...