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The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning by Margaret Malloch
  

The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning

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The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning by Margaret Malloch

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 and Futures in the field of Workplace Learning. In addition, final chapters include 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 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. In 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. 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 is a resource for researchers and academics interested in the scope and breadth of Workplace Learning..

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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 I would recommend it to both serious academics and those who frivolously wish to sample the topic. -- Fiona Reeve * London Review of Education * '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

About the Author

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. Professor O'Connor has published dozens of articles in Journal of Education for Business, Informing Science, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, and NABTE Review. She has also authored or coauthored numerous yearbook chapters for the NBEA Yearbook. With colleagues from Australia and England, Professor O'Connor is an editor of the just-released Sage Handbook of Workplace Learning. She is also the co-author of several books, most recently Learning at Work: How to Support Individual and Organizational Learning (HRD Press. 2007), Training for Organizations 2nd edition (Cincinnati: South-Western Educational Publishing Co., 2002), and End-user Information Systems: Implementing Individual and Work Group Technologies 2nd edition (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002). These books are supplemented with CD-ROM and Web-based instructor's manuals. She has been a leader in a variety of professional associations, including the SIG Workplace Learning of AERA, which she chaired in 2000-2001; the American Society for Training and Development; and the Organizational Systems Research Association (OSRA). In addition to being its journal editor, she has been OSRA's president, chaired its two national curriculum projects, and served as vice president for publications.

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Publication date

25th March 2013

Author

Margaret Malloch

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Ltd

Format

Paperback
504 pages

Categories


Industrial or vocational training

ISBN

9781446270523

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