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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.

Workplaces and Learning
Workplaces and learning
Why Learning at Work?

During the 1990s ‘workplace learning’, ‘work-based learning’ and the like became popular slogans in the context of vocationally oriented education and personnel development. Considerable interest has arisen on many sides — in practice, in theory, in politics, locally, nationally and internationally — for placing rising emphasis on the vocationally oriented learning and development that take place directly at the workplace, because such learning and development meet a number of current challenges to the qualification of the staff perhaps better than learning at courses and in educational institutions.

This situation is fundamentally paradoxical, because as a point of departure workplace learning has precisely been the general and obvious form of vocationally oriented learning and qualification ever since a distinction ...

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