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The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning

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September 2010 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This Handbook provides a state-of –the art overview of the field of workplace learning from a global perspective. The authors are all well-placed theoreticians, researchers, and practitioners in this burgeoning field , which cuts across higher education, vocational education and training, post-compulsory secondary schooling, and lifelong education. The volume provides a broad–based, yet incisive analysis of the range of theory, research, and practical developments in workplace learning

The editors draw together the three essential areas of theory, research and practice, and issues in the field of workplace learning. In addition, final chapters focus on issues, future developments, and directions with recommendations for further development.

Key researchers and writers in the field have approached workplaces as the base of learning about work, that is, work-based learning. There has also been emerging interest in variations of the idea such as learning about, through, and at work. Many of the theoretical discussions have centered on adult learning and some on learners' managing their own learning, with emphasis on aspects such as communities of practice and self directed learning.

Early work in the field was often linked to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) traditions with concerns around skills, competencies and 'on the job' learning. The idea that learning and workplaces had more to do with real lifelong and lifewide aspects than the traditional "training" regimen has emerged in the last decade. Since the mid 1990s the field has grown as an area of theory, research, and practical work which has not only expanded the interest but has also legitimized the area as a field of study, reflection, and progress.

The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning draws together a wide range of views, theoretical dispositions, and assertions and provides a leading-edge presentation by key writers and researchers with insight into the field and its current state. It will be a basic source for researchers and academics interested in the scope and breadth of the workplace learning area.

 
PART ONE: THEORY
Len Cairns and Margaret Malloch
Theories of Work, Place and Learning: New Directions
Paul Hager
Theories of Workplace Learning
Knud Illeris
Workplaces and Learning
Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin
Workplace Learning and the Organization
Stephen Billet
Subjectivity, Self and Personal Agency in Learning Through and for Work
Len Cairns
Learning in the Workplace: Communities of Practice and Beyond
Yrjo Engestrom
Activity Theory and Learning at Work
Per Erik Ellstrom
Informal Learning at Work: Conditions, Processes and Logics
Darlene Russ-Eft
Towards a Meta-Theory of Learning and Performance
Nicholas M Allix
Knowledge and Workplace Learning
Karen Evans, David Guile and Judy Harris
Rethinking Work-Based Learning: For Education Professionals and Professionals Who Educate
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Peter H Sawchuck
Researching Workplace Learning: An Overview and Critique
Michael Eraut
How Researching Learning at Work can Lead to Tools for Enhancing Learning
Victoria Marsick, Karen Watkins and Bridget N O'Connor
Researching Workplace Learning in the United States
Nicky Solomon and David Boud
Researching Workplace Learning in Australia
Hans Gruber and Christian Harteis
Researching Workplace Learning in Europe
Sang-Duk Choi
Initiatives in VET and Workplace Learning: A Korean Perspective
Gerhard Naegele and Alan Walker
Age Management in Organisations in the European Union
Richard D Lakes
Work and Learning: From Schools to Workplaces
Allie Clemans and Peter Rushbrook
Competency-based Training and its Impact on Workplace Learning in Australia
John M Dirkx
Work-related Learning in the United States: Past Practices, Paradigm Shifts, and Policies of Partnerships
Martin Mulder and Judith Gulikers
Workplace Learning in East Africa: A Case Study
Tara Fenwick
Policies for the Knowledge Economy: Knowledge Discourses at Play
Robert G Brookshire, Kara M Lybarger and Lynn B Keane
Virtual Workplace Learning: Promises Met?
Brenda R Beatty
Seeing Workplace Learning through an Emotional Lens
Karen Evans, Edmund Waite, and Natasha Kersh
Towards a Social Ecology of Adult Learning in and through the Workplace
 
PART THREE: ISSUES AND FUTURES
Margaret Harris and Colin Chisholm
Beyond the Workplace: Learning in the Lifeplace
David Guile
Workplace Learning in the Knowledge Economy: The Development of Vocational Practice and Social Capital
Carol Costley
Workplace Learning and Higher Education
Amy Lui-Abel
Identifying and Classifying Corporate Universities in the United States
Bridget N O'Connor and Doug Lynch
Partnerships Between and Among Education and the Public and Private Sectors
Elizabeth Regan and Chester Delaney
Brave New Workplace: The Impact of Technology on Location and Job Structures
Jingli Cheng, Su Jin Son and Curtis J Bonk
Technology and Knowledge Management
Craig E Johnson
Workplace Learning: Organizations, Ethics and Issues

'Over the past decade, workplace learning has become one of the major areas of development for business, management and education. Yet ideas about it are diverse and complex and its practice is affected by competing influences and differing perspectives. This essential guide brings together many of the world's leading scholars to clarify and explore the various concepts and approaches in ways that will benefit practitioners, researchers, educators and policymakers alike'

Tom NesbitSimon Fraser University


"I would recommend it to both serious academics and those who frivolously wish to sample the topic."

Fiona Reeve
Open University, UK
London Review of Education

As a nurse, manager and now researcher concerned with healthcare education I found this volume interesting and thought provoking... this volume provides a starting point to explore the evidence underpinning workplace learning, and encourages a wider appreciation of different perspectives and different work places.

Nigel Davies
Educate- The Journal of Doctoral Research in Education

An excellent resource with a wide range of topics.

Mr Nathan Price
Sport, Public Services and Travel, Birmingham Metropolitan College
April 23, 2015

This book is essential to all strands of the WBL International courses, therefore I will be recommending it as essential reading for the next academic year.

Ms Marilia Angove
Faculty of Business & Society - Business School, University of South Wales
August 13, 2014

This is an excellent book with a wealth of chapters form different perspectives on work based learning. In particular the following chapters are very useful for our students (MA in Career Management)
Chapter 1 gives an excellent overview and sets the theoretical context.
Chapter 3 by Illeris has strong links with reflective practice, so very useful for my specialism
Chapter 7 by Engstrom - I am very interested in activity theory and feel it can be neglected in many publications
Chapter 8 by Ellstrom - again often a neglected topic.

Dr Barbara Bassot
Cntr for Career & Personal Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
August 12, 2014

Very helpful handbook, providing an advanced overview of the main issues (and current scholars) in the field.

Mr Christian Lystbaek
Institute of Business and Technology, Aarhus University
July 30, 2014

This is an excellent read covering theories and approaches to work based learning in detail. It is an easy book to navigate through and essential for any work based learning programme

Mrs Jackie Stirling
Department Education, Bradford College
March 2, 2014

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Chapter1: Theories of Work, Place and Learning: New Directions


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Margaret Malloch

Len Cairns

Karen Evans

Bridget N. O'Connor

Bridget N. O'Connor, is Professor of Higher Education and Business Education. She is particularly interested in adult learners and in the transfer of learning from the classroom to the workplace.... More About Author

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