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Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace

Grant reference: L139251005

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TLRP: Context, power and perspective: the challenges to improving attainment at work
The TLRP Research Network ‘Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace’ organised an international workshop to bring together leading national and international experts to exchange ideas on how to meet the challenges of studying the workplace as a site of learning. There were some 42 participants from 6 countries and a lively debate ensued. It was argued that in the workplace, power relations and the contested nature of the employment relationship are central to understanding learning. Learning is embedded in the social context and in on-going social practice. This means that workplace learning must be discussed ‘at least partially unencumbered from assumptions based on practices in educational institutions’ (Stephen Billett). Although there may be no 'qualified' teachers or a formal curriculum, this does not mean that powerful learning does not take place. Learning experiences can be highly structured because they are concerned with continuity in the norms and practices of the workgroup.
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Author H Rainbird

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