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 2: Theories of Workplace Learning
Theories of workplace learning have evolved dramatically over the last two decades. An initial focus on individual, mainly formal, learning has expanded to encompass both formal and informal learning, and multiple types of learning, such as organizational, group and individual learning. The theoretical resources employed have outstripped standard concepts such as vocational education, vocational learning, on-the-job training, and skill and competency acquisition by individuals to invoke more complex, multi-layered considerations that include adult learning, relations, communication, meaning-making, and identity formation. Accompanying these developments has been a gradual discernment of the mistaken nature of the formerly prevalent assumption that all of the learning needed for successful performance in an occupation can be specified in advance and imparted in a ...