ERIC Number: ED446262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
More than Meets the Eye? Rethinking the Role of Workplace Trainer.
Harris, Roger; Simons, Michele; Bone, John
A study explored the role of the workplace trainer in the building of training/learning cultures in workplaces in Australia. Following a literature review, stage 1 data collection involved observations and interviews in 18 enterprises in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia where trainers were facilitating learning with one or two employees/learners. Five key functions and 32 trainer actions were identified and formed the nucleus of stage 2, a telephone interview survey of 350 workplace trainers. Findings indicated penetration and impact of workplace trainer competency standards were low; informal workplace training was very common; there was a high incidence of trainer actions related to encouraging self direction in learning in employees and structuring and shaping processes to accommodate learning; frequency of many trainer actions in the workplace was significantly mediated by context-specific factors; the majority of trainer actions did not directly match competencies in the training packet; and only very few respondents reported that juggling working and assisting others to learn was not an issue. Learning network theory provided a useful framework for rethinking the role of the workplace trainer. Implications relevant to the National Strategy for VET were concerned with quality of training provision, building a training/learning culture, and further research. (Appendixes include 62 references, instruments, and data.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Job Skills, On the Job Training, Organizational Climate, School Culture, Teacher Role, Telephone Surveys, Theory Practice Relationship, Trainers, Vocational Education, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia