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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 learning. 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.


This section of the SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning presents a set of eleven chapters which address a wide range of theoretical positions, models, theories and their implications for the field under consideration in the Handbook.

The influences of psychological theories, sociological, situated, and postmodern thinking on the possible theories of how people learn and respond in and through workplace activity is dealt with in detail. There is a range of frameworks and positions adopted by the set of authors who show a variety of international backgrounds and orientations.

Initially, Cairns and Malloch explore new ideas and directions for the concept of Workplace Learning arguing for a broader conceptualisation in this, the beginning of a new century. Work is defined as more than employment for remuneration, ...

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