ERIC Number: ED401420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Consideration of Selected Influences on Work Place Learning.
Confessore, Gary J.; And Others
Several factors influence learning as it occurs in the workplace and in other settings where learning is undertaken for the expressed purpose of acquiring or improving competencies that will be used in the workplace. Over the past decade, the nature of the workplace has changed, and workers must continually strive to learn in order to keep up with the demands. Because taking time off for training is often too costly, learning must be integrated into all aspects of the job. Although in earlier times workers received training in school and then performed on the job for many years, the rapid pace of change in work today necessitates that workers continue to acquire new knowledge and skills on the job. Although traditional employer-developed workplace education programs have been cumbersome, such concepts as reflective practice, action learning, self-directed learning, and learning organizations are becoming increasingly important in the workplace and, in some cases, are replacing the traditional notions of instructional design and training. All of these learning processes have a substantial component of learner initiative and control. In addition, workers come together to solve common problems in a process of action learning. Workplace learning is not time or place bound. Workers learn what they need to know when they need to know it, and formalized training programs are deemphasized in favor of an atmosphere in which learning is pervasive, natural, and informal. External factors that affect workplace learning include economic trends, social trends, and technological advancement. For example, economic downturns may lead to unemployment and cuts in training budgets. New electronic innovations allow work to be performed at a variety of locations at times around the clock. These innovations also affect work-related learning, and they will continue to affect adult learning into the next century. (Contains 13 references.) (KC)
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Note: In: Constitutive Interplay midst Discourse of East and West: Modernity & Postmodernity Renderings in Adult & Continuing Education; see CE 072 896.