ERIC Number: ED466933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing for Flexible Delivery: Learners and Their Workplaces.
Smith, Peter; Wakefield, Lyn; Robertson, Ian
Research identified feasible strategies to support flexible delivery in operating workplaces. Sites were 12 enterprises in Victoria. Findings indicated flexible delivery was largely implemented by enterprises through the provision of a range of learning opportunities that included on-the-job observation, practice and mentoring, access to learning resources, and access to external training provision; provision of structured observation and demonstration was considered feasible, but assistance to learners in development of skills of self-directed inquiry was not; provision of a range of learning opportunities and learning resources was common; enterprises acknowledged individual differences in learning styles and instructional preferences; all enterprises engaged in communities of practice; involvement of learners in identifying their own learning goals and activities was considered more feasible at higher levels of enterprises; tension between production time and learning time was clear, particularly at lower levels; factors shown to be related to feasibility of given strategies concerned availability of time, perceived skills of supervisors, and forms of learning network acknowledged as present and encouraged; and variations were related to size, geographic distribution, level of formality in the enterprise structure, procedures, and expected training outcomes. (Appendixes include 121 references, instrument, and enterprise profiles.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cognitive Style, Corporate Education, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Employer Employee Relationship, Flexible Scheduling, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training, Inplant Programs, Learning Activities, On the Job Training, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Work Environment, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia