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 12: Researching Workplace Learning: An Overview and Critique
Researching Workplace Learning: An Overview and Critique
The aim of this chapter is to build further awareness of the key conceptual themes of workplace learning research across the international scene. This aim brings with it many challenges. The challenges are rooted in the inter-disciplinary nature of the field, the ubiquity and multi-dimensionality of human learning that demands a plurality of approaches, and a range of subtle and not-so-subtle conceptual, epistemological and even ontological differences and preoccupations.
The chapter begins with a brief introductory ‘assay’ of the current research literature focusing on major perspectives in the field. It seeks to provide additional information to extend the introductory comments for the Handbook as a whole. For the remaining bulk of the chapter, ...