Changing Workplace Environments: Implications for Higher Education

Pillay, Hitendra K., Boulton-Lewis, Gillian M., & Wilss, Lynn A. (2004) Changing Workplace Environments: Implications for Higher Education. Educational Research Journal, 19(1), pp. 17-42.


Industry today is driven by information, global competition and knowledge. These factors have led to continual changes in workplaces as organisations strive to remain viable. This study examined the nature of changes that occurred in two distinct organisations in Australia over two years. It also examined how workers are adapting to those changes in terms of learning, and considered what implications there are for higher education. The participants constituted 18 workers from a medical service industry and 19 workers from an engineering organization. The data were analysed qualitatively and results indicated several categories of change. It was also apparent that while much learning was occurring in the workplace, there was very little direct association between workplace learning and higher education for the workers in this study although several have degrees or have organised their own further study. Suggestions are made regarding the current practices in universities and workplace learning and for better collaboration. For example, universities need to develop closer ties with industry and curriculum models that prepare workers for ongoing changes in the workplace should be developed.

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ID Code: 1965
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: changing workplaces, higher education, workplace learning, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Hong Kong Educational Research Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

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