ERIC Number: ED432695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Larande I Produktionssytem. En studie av operatorsarbete i hogautomatiserad process--och verkstadsindustri = Learning in Production Systems. A Study of Operator Work in Highly Automated Process and Manufacturing Industry. Linkoping Studies in Education and Psychology, No. 63.
Davidson, Bo; Svedin, Per-Olof
This study of the conditions of developmental on-the-job training and learning for operators in highly automated industries is written in Swedish but contains an English abstract and 18-page summary. The summary begins with the study objectives, which were to determine the following: (1) conditions of developmental on-the-job learning in highly automated industry; (2) ways the conditions of developmental on-the-job learning are realized; and (3) the importance of vocational education, personnel training, and on-the-job learning to operators' vocational competence. Discussed next is the study methodology, which included case studies at 4 companies that involved interviews with 22 managers and union representatives and 40 operators, administration of a questionnaire completed by 145 operators, and observation of 15 operators. The study found that the conditions for developmental learning depend on the presence of the following: (1) challenging problems and wide degrees of freedom given to operators; (2) an integrated or informally open work organization that offers possibilities for participating in problem-solving; (3) a multitude of tools with multiple functions, both digital and analogue, manual and written; and (4) clear demands on knowledge and skills that can be applied and developed in day-to-day work. The bibliography contains 200 references, including 88 in English. Appended are three interview guides and five tables, all in Swedish. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Automation, Case Studies, Competence, Education Work Relationship, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Manufacturing Industry, On the Job Training, Organizational Climate, Role of Education, Training Methods, Unions, Vocational Education, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linkoping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Education and Psychology.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden