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Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace

Grant reference: L139251005

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TLRP: The significance of workplace learning for a 'learning society'
In this chapter, the authors emphasise the significance of workplace learning for a learning society. However, workplace learning is poorly understood and under-researched despite its prominent position in discourses about the 'knowledge-based' economy and policies derived from this concept. Two sets of issues are examined: (1) the need to reconsider what is meant by learning and knowledge in relation to the workplace as a site of learning; and (2) the balance of responsibilities and rights in the employment relationship and in wider society. Connections are made between learning programs incorporating work-based learning and the non-formal aspects of learning occurring through workplace practices and between the workplace and wider life/work relationships. Frameworks providing insight into the social nature of workplace learning are linked to economic and political frameworks that influence policy formation.
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Author K Evans

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