ERIC Number: ED434258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Learning in the Workplace. Review of Research.
Research on changes and issues in workplace learning in Australia over the past 6 years was reviewed. Special attention was paid to four topics: importance of learning in the workplace; nature of workplace learning; factors affecting the quality of workplace learning; and recognition of workplace learning. Selected findings were as follows: (1) simple notions of transfer of skills learned in the workplace are dubious; (2) although some learning in the workplace is highly contextualized and enterprise specific, other examples are more generic; (3) measuring the outcomes of training and quantifying its costs and benefits are possible but complex; (4) the best kinds of workplace learning involve appropriate links between formal training and informal workplace learning; (5) good research on learning in the workplace must take proper account of the diversity of variables in the workplace environment/culture; and (6) language, numeracy, and literacy are capable of being addressed in a holistic way along with other changes as workplace reform is implemented. Areas identified as requiring additional research included the following: training outcomes; training costs and benefits; application of cognitive theory to training activity design; and roles of language, numeracy, and literacy in workplace learning and change. (Contains 50 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Certification, Competence, Conventional Instruction, Cost Effectiveness, Credits, Education Work Relationship, Educational Environment, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Instructional Materials, Integrated Curriculum, Job Skills, Learning Activities, Learning Processes, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, On the Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Personnel Evaluation, Recordkeeping, Research Needs, Skill Development, Transfer of Training, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia