ERIC Number: ED368245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Cognitive Skills in Workplace Learning?
This philosophical and empirical investigation explored whether cognitive skills can be acquired in a workplace setting. A preliminary investigation looked at views of knowledge in liberal humanism where knowledge is a matter for individuals with transcendent minds with objects of knowledge being matters for which there is clear perceptual evidence. The investigation finds that this approach usually entails a dualist perspective that is problematic for contemporary life. The guild model conceives knowledge acquisition and validation in communities or "guilds." An empirical investigation adopted Bloom's Taxonomy as a basis for an interview questionnaire. A range of workplace supervisors, academic staff and students were interviewed and papers were written by academic staff in the various areas on the cognitive skills gained in the different settings. Factual knowledge gained and skills of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in occupational settings emerged. The occupational settings were hotel catering management, nursing and health visitors, social work, applied chemistry, and life sciences. Overall the project showed empirical evidence of a range of cognitive skills acquired in workplace settings. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Blooms Taxonomy; Knowledge Acquisition; United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Conference (Brighton, England, December 14-16, 1993).