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The WLE Approach
What isdistinctive about the WLE approach to work-based learning?
The WLE works with key partners to transformcurrent models of work-based learning. This responds to the diversity ofprofessional learning needs emerging not only in education, but also in fieldssuch as accountancy, medicine, nursing, pharmaceutics, finance andmanagement.
First, by making connections betweenresearch on work-based learning undertaken in the Institute and elsewhere thatis generating new conceptual and methodological insights about the socialnature of learning in workplaces.
Second, by making connectionsbetween this research and: (i) the types of programmes which incorporatework-based learning and the non-formal aspects of learning which run througheveryday workplace practices; and (ii) the workplace and wider life/workrelationships and the careers of education professionals.
Third, by evolving new pedagogicstrategies that reflect this development and which will enable learners todevelop a more iterative relationship between theory and practice. This is beingachieved by using theoretical concepts for analysing the constitution ofpractice as well as the problems that arise for professionals in their placesof work, and conceiving of practice as a resource to re-think theory.Finally, by firming up understanding about the‘missing issue' in current work-based learning developments, namely the type ofknowledge learnt in the workplace and its relationship to theoreticalknowledge.