Edited by Margaret Malloch Victoria University, Len Cairns Monash University, Karen Evans University of London and Bridget N O’Connor New York University
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 learningThe editors draw together the three essential areas of Theory, Research and Practice, and Issues in the field of Workplace Learning. In addition, final chapters focus on issues, future developments, and directions with 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 the 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.Early work in the field was often linked to the VocationalEducation 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 the traditional “training” regimen has emerged in the last decade. Since the mid 1990s the field has grown as an area of theory, research and practical work which 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 will be a basic source for researchers and academics interested in the scope and breadth of the Workplace Learning area.