ERIC Number: ED455372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Making Judgments as the Basis for Workplace Learning: Preliminary Research Findings. Working Paper.
Hager, Paul; Beckett, David
The hypothesis that making judgments is the basis for workplace learning was examined by studying work in a range of occupations with a view to identifying and analyzing the main judgments involved in individuals' work performance. To test the hypothesis, six practicing professionals (three men and three women) were interviewed. Two of interviewees were public servants with division-level responsibilities. The occupations of the other four were as follows: psychiatrist; private school principal; nurse turned ambulance officer; and corporate consultant. During the interviews, the professionals were asked to reflect on the judgments they make in critical work situations. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed in the context of theories regarding workplace learning and logic of action. It was concluded that growth in capacity to make judgments is evident in the following abilities and actions: (1) an ability to separate the stage of presentation of the initial need to make a judgment from the stage of the contiguous actualization of that judgment; (2) an ability to "read" the conative, emotive, and ethical considerations in the light of that separability; and (3) the decentering of the practitioner's sense of identity at one of these stages, but not in both of them. (Contains 34 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Cognitive Processes, Decision Making, Education Work Relationship, Employed Women, Employee Attitudes, Environmental Influences, Evaluative Thinking, Foreign Countries, Influences, Job Performance, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Models, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, Professional Occupations, Vocational Education, Work Environment
For full text: http://www.uts.edu.au/fac/edu/rcvet/working%20papers/9902HagBe.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: Technology Univ.-Sydney, Broadway (Australia). Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training.
Identifiers - Location: Australia