ERIC Number: ED419915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Learning How To Learn at Work.
Stasz, Cathleen; Kaganoff, Tessa
Centerfocus, n19 Jun 1998
A study adopted a sociocultural perspective to examine work-based learning (WBL) in different types of programs in Los Angeles that served similar populations of mostly minority students. The programs were a transportation career academy, a medical magnet high school, and a school-based enterprise. To understand workplaces as learning environments, the study attended to the social context for learning and working and examined certain characteristics of WBL. First, it focused on the social means by which tasks are initiated, accomplished, and processed, for this is when the process of education is set in motion. Second, it examined students' relationship to the existing community of practice in the work setting that is often responsible for learning and establishes important norms of behavior and performance standards in the workplace. Third, it studied the organization's own philosophy toward learning and training that can influence the types of learning opportunities provided to students. Fourth, it studied the connections between school and work that are meant to enhance students' learning. Analysis of workplaces as learning environments showed the social context varied markedly across the programs studied. Findings indicated the following: understanding the social context of work was important; schooling may undermine learning at work; WBL sites varied with respect to teaching strategies and expertise; and school and work were often only loosely connected and any connection was difficult to establish. (YLB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)