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ERIC Number: EJ1071782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1874-785X
Insights into Vocational Learning from an Applied Learning Perspective
Pridham, Bruce; O'Mallon, Simon; Prain, Vaughan
Vocations and Learning, v5 n2 p77-97 Jul 2012
A theoretical framework for understanding applied learning processes is now warranted given the frequency with which these processes are now being utilised. Drawing in part from the literature on applied education in schools as well as theories of vocational learning such a framework is offered here that seeks to explain these learning processes in terms of the interplay of multiple accounts of influences at micro, meso and macro levels. This framework integrates current and emerging theories around practical learning, and provides insights into vocational and workplace education processes. We clarify how features of our framework complement broader current debates and concepts in the literature on vocational and work-related learning, particularly focusing on influences for that learning at the micro level of individuals' experiences and understandings entailed in embodied cognition, or knowing through practice. Moreover, the value of this framework is demonstrated through its application to two very different case studies of learning processes in workplace settings. In conclusion, some implications for further theoretical and practical work in this area are advanced.
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Language: English
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