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ERIC Number: ED434258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87397-439-5
Learning in the Workplace. Review of Research.
Hager, Paul
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)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia. E-mail:; Web site: .
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia