The SAGE Handbook
of Workplace Learning
by Margaret Malloch Victoria University, Len Cairns Monash
University, Karen Evans University of London and Bridget
N O'Connor University of New York
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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.
editors draw together the three essential areas of Theory; Research and
Practice; and Issues and Futures in the field of Workplace Learning. In
addition, final chapters include recommendations for further development.
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 this idea such as learning about,
through, and at work. Many of the theoretical discussions have centred
on adult learning and some on learners managing their own learning, with
emphasis on aspects such as communities of practice and self directed learning.
Europe and Australia, 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 traditional "training"
regimens has emerged in the last decade. Since the mid 1990s, the field
has grown world-wide as an area of theory, research, and practical work
that has not only expanded the interest but has also legitimized the area
as a field of study, reflection, and progress.
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 is a resource for researchers and academics interested in the
scope and breadth of Workplace Learning.