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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.

Work-Related Learning in the United States: Past Practices, Paradigm Shifts, and Policies of Partnerships
Work-related learning in the United States: Past practices, paradigm shifts, and policies of partnerships

Education for work and other forms of workplace learning (what I refer to here as “work-related learning”) have long occupied an ambivalent and, at times, somewhat uneasy location within the American psyche. Part of this uncertainty reflects changing conceptions of what Americans regard as “useful knowledge” (Kett, 1994) and what it means to be an educated person. Our approach to education has historically fluctuated between a curricular emphasis on general education, such as that represented by basic skills, classical education, or the liberal arts, and stress on more specialized forms of knowledge depicted in professional, vocational, and occupational ...

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