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Workplaces and Learning
Workplaces and learning
Why Learning at Work?

During the 1990s ‘workplace learning’, ‘work-based learning’ and the like became popular slogans in the context of vocationally oriented education and personnel development. Considerable interest has arisen on many sides — in practice, in theory, in politics, locally, nationally and internationally — for placing rising emphasis on the vocationally oriented learning and development that take place directly at the workplace, because such learning and development meet a number of current challenges to the qualification of the staff perhaps better than learning at courses and in educational institutions.

This situation is fundamentally paradoxical, because as a point of departure workplace learning has precisely been the general and obvious form of vocationally oriented learning and qualification ever since a distinction ...

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