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ERIC Number: ED561969
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Hidden Classroom of the Workplace: How Employees Learn at Work in Both Formal and Informal Ways
Olson, Richard; Klein-Collins, Rebecca
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Many are accustomed to the idea that we learn at school and that a college education is acquired in college classrooms. In reality, however, learning takes place in all aspects of a person's life--through military experience, raising a family, volunteering, and, perhaps most significantly, in the workplace. Learning that occurs in the workplace can be very job-specific, but it can also be broader, something that helps employees develop skills and competencies, take on new responsibilities, and even contribute to the organization's bottom line. The workplace learning examples described in this report are taken from real portfolios by working adults participating in LearningCounts. The examples show how the workplace can, and does, serve as a learning laboratory for workers, suggesting that employers might benefit from understanding more about how this learning laboratory can contribute to the organization.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning