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.
Chapter 10: Knowledge and Workplace Learning
Knowledge and Workplace Learning
From any general survey of the literature a researcher could conclude, not unreasonably, that workplace learning is a broad interdisciplinary, multi-perspective, problematic, and contested field of inquiry. Difficulties are wide-ranging and cover a plethora of unresolved issues. Problems begin at general levels, and narrow to more specific concerns.
At a general level the notion of ‘workplace’ is seen to be problematic, as is the nature of ‘work’, and therefore the focus on the workplace ‘as distinct from other contexts’ is questioned. In particular, terms and concepts in the field are purported to have ‘become stretched’ to the point of meaning different things to different researchers. Hence, the evident complexity and contested nature of the term ‘workplace learning’ may therefore ...