Workplace Learning in Context by P-TaylorFrancis

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As policy makers increasingly focus on workplace learning as a way of improving organizational performance, the debate about the learning organization has grown. Counterbalancing the often over-optimistic assumptions made about the future of work and learning, this book argues that without a contextualized analysis of the field, our understanding of the learning environment is limited. It reconsiders the true role and nature of workplace learning in context.Grounded in original research, the book features case studies which illuminate how the workplace environment can provide both barriers to and opportunities for learning. It explores learning in different organizational contexts and different countries, sectors, types of public and private sector organization, and by different occupational groups. This multi-disciplinary approach provides a coherent perspective of the institutional, organizational and pedagogical contexts of workplace learning, and as a result, policy-makers, trainers, trade unionists and educators alike will welcome this groundbreaking text, as it gives the intellectual tools required to understand how learning in the workplace can be improved.

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									Workplace Learning in Context
Editor: Alison Fuller
Editor: Anne Munro
Editor: Helen Rainbird
Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview Alison Fuller, Anne Munro and Helen Rainbird Part One: The Context of
Workplace Learning 2. The Political Economy of Workplace Learning David N. Ashton 3. The
Employment Relationship and Workplace Learning Helen Rainbird, Anne Munro and Lesley Holly 4. The
Quality of Work and the Quality of Learning: The Case of Italian Small Firms Saul Meghnagi 5.The
Context of Learning in Professional Work Environments: Insights from the Accountancy Profession Keith
Hoskin and Fiona Anderson-Gough 6.The Assessment of Workers' "Basic Skills": A Critical Examination
of Late Twentieth Century Trends Susan HoddinottPart Two: The workplace as a learning environment 7
Learning Through Work: Workplace Participatory Practices Stephen Billett 8 Expansive Learning
Environments: Integrating Organisational and Personal Development Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin 9 The
New Generation Of Expertise: Seven Theses Yrjo Engestrom10 Supporting Learning in advanced Supply
Systems in the Automotive and Aerospace Industries Alan Brown, Ed Rhodes and Ruth Carter Part
Three : Skills, Knowledge and the Workplace 11 Conceptualising Vocational Knowledge Michael Young
12 Transfer of Knowledge between Education and Workplace Settings Michael Eraut 13 Learner
Biographies: Exploring Tacit Dimensions of Learning And Skills Karen Evans, Natasha Kersh and Akiko
Sakamoto 14. The Conceptualisation and Measurement of Learning at Work Paul Hager 15. The
Complexities of Workplace Learning: Problems and Dangers in Trying to Measure Attainment Phil
Hodkinson and Heather Hodkinson Part Four: Research and Policy 16. The Relationship between
Research and Policy: The Birthpangs of a New Workforce Development Policy in Britain Frank Coffield.
17. Conclusion Alison Fuller, Anne Munro and Helen Rainbird
Description

As policy makers increasingly focus on workplace learning as a way of improving organizational
performance, the debate about the learning organization has grown. Counterbalancing the often over-
optimistic assumptions made about the future of work and learning, this book argues that without a
contextualized analysis of the field, our understanding of the learning environment is limited. It
reconsiders the true role and nature of workplace learning in context.Grounded in original research, the
book features case studies which illuminate how the workplace environment can provide both barriers to
and opportunities for learning. It explores learning in different organizational contexts and different
countries, sectors, types of public and private sector organization, and by different occupational groups.
This multi-disciplinary approach provides a coherent perspective of the institutional, organizational and
pedagogical contexts of workplace learning, and as a result, policy-makers, trainers, trade unionists and
educators alike will welcome this groundbreaking text, as it gives the intellectual tools required to
understand how learning in the workplace can be improved.
Reviews

'This volume gets behind the bland certainties of the prescriptive literature on training and offers a
penetrating analysis of the often complex realities of workplace learning. It will be of great value to
academics, students and reflective practitioners.

								
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