• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

How Researching Learning at Work Can Lead to Tools for Enhancing Learning
How researching learning at work can lead to tools for enhancing learning
Theoretical Framework

This chapter starts with the proposition that both knowledge and learning should be viewed through two lenses: the individual and the social. The individual perspective enables exploration of:

  • what people know;
  • what people can do;
  • what and how they learn;
  • variations in how different people interpret and use what they learn.

While a social perspective draws attention to:

  • the social nature of most contexts for learning;
  • the social origins of knowledge that is shared, passed on or developed by groups, networks or communities;
  • the wide range of cultural practices and products that provide knowledge.

This leads to a useful distinction between personal knowledge and cultural knowledge. Within cultural knowledge, most ...

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