|Knowledge, Networks and Work-Based Learning|
|Monday, 19 September 2005|
Knowledge, Networks and Work-based Learning: A Development Programme for WLE-Centre for Excellence
This project revisits, extends and elaborates work that was originally begun by Michael Young and myself in the Accreditation of the Work-based Learning of the FE Teacher/Trainer of the Future (ED 1995). This work conceptualised the form that different models of work-based learning might take. This is also being taken forward in practice through innovative pedagogical approaches in the MA in HPE course.
The intention of the 05/06 programme of work set out below is to identify:
A number of steps will be undertaken. The first step will be to arrange a series of seminars to explore how the different strengths of these different approaches to work-based learning may intersect to produce better understandings of the process of work-based learning relevant to education professionals. Invitations will be issued to leading researchers in the field of work-based learning to present what they see as the ‘point of connection’ between their work and work that emanates from other theoretical traditions or substantive foci.
The seminars will consist of members of the WLE Centre as well as researchers from other universities, and members of professional institutes who have an active interest in work-based learning. This strategy has a number of advantages. First, it will enable the WLE Centre to identify a ‘critical mass’ of leading UK and International researchers and other stakeholders in the field of work-based learning, Second, to extend our reach into other networks and alliances of academics and professionals involved with work-based learning.
Taken together, this strategy will assist the WLE Centre to establish its national and international profile for research hand teaching in the field of work-based learning, and to enhance the channels for disseminating its work to the wider practitioner community.
The second step will be to begin the conceptual work on theorising the relation between work-based knowledge and its relationship to theoretical knowledge. This will be tackled by writing a clarification paper, provisionally titled knowledge and work-based learning.
The project will help members of the WLE Centre to devise better criteria for making connections: between the types of programmes which incorporate work-based learning and the non-formal aspects of learning which run through everyday workplace practices; and to re-think their pedagogic strategies so as to enable learners to develop a more iterative relationship between theory and practice.
The outcomes for the year are as follows: