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Fusing Learning and Work: Changing Conceptions of Learning in the Workplace

Candy, Phil C. & Matthews, Judy H. (1998) Fusing Learning and Work: Changing Conceptions of Learning in the Workplace. In Boud, David (Ed.) Current Issues and New Agendas in Workplace Learning. NCVER, South Australia.

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Abstract

Continuous and rapid change in the workplace has brought about the need for continuous adaptation and learning, much of it in anticipation of further turbulence. Some of this learning takes place in formalised settings, such as classrooms and training programs; however, most of it occurs incidentally within the workplace. Consequently, there has been a great deal of attention in recent years to work-based learning and, in particular, to how it might be facilitated and enhanced.

This paper examines some of the research literature concerning work-based learning, a close reading of which reveals a range of variant meanings and connotations. Different authors may use the same terminology (such as the ‘learning enterprise’ or the 'learning organisation,') yet have in mind very different understandings of what the term implies. The paper advances an eight-part typology of meanings attributed to 'work-based learning,' ranging from ‘the workplace as a site for formal accredited learning,' through 'the workplace as a site for sharing and creating knowledge' to the ‘workplace as an organic entity, capable of learning and adaptation in it own right.' An attempt is made to identify dominant themes which underlie, and progressively change throughout these eight different conceptions, before turning to a consideration of those management practices and organisational structures which research has shown are most likely to facilitate informal learning in organisational settings.

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ID Code: 6966
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details : jh.matthews@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Judy Matthews, learning enterprise, learning organisation
ISBN: 0873974700
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 NCVER
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 15:34

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