Learning in the workplace has come of age with the publication of this book. It shows the way for a new level of sophistication in the ways learning and work are treated. And it opens new territory for exploration in the world of learning throughout life.
David Boud, University of Technology, Sydney
Stephen Billett provides a comprehensive and practical model, well-grounded in theory and research, to guide learning in the workplace. This is a 'must read' for
those in vocational education and training.
Victoria Marsick, Columbia University
Learning does not stop when you leave school or tertiary studies, but continues throughout life. The workplace is now seen as an important learning environment, and businesses and government units are encouraged to become 'learning organisations'. This is all very well in theory, but how does learning actually occur in the workplace?
Drawing on research of a wide variety of workplaces in different countries, Stephen Billett analyses the strengths and limitations of 'on-the-job' learning. He outlines what knowledge individuals need and how they can best acquire this knowledge in workplace settings. He shows how to develop a workplace curriculum, and how it can be implemented in organisations of different sizes.
Learning in the Workplace offers a comprehensive pedagogy for the workplace. It is a valuable reference for human resource practitioners and students in courses on professional development and adult and vocational learning.
Table of Contents
PART 1: UNDERSTANDING WORKPLACES AS LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Working and learning
Expertise at work
Learning expertise at work
PART 2: GUIDED PARTICIPATION AT WORK: A CURRICULUM FOR THE WORKPLACE
A model of a workplace curriculum
Guided learning at work
Organising and managing workplace learning
Stephen Billett is Senior Lecturer in the School of Vocational, Technology and Arts Education at Griffith University and former Director of the Centre for Learning and Work Research.