Perspectives into learning at the workplace

The article presents a thematic review of the recent research on workplace learning

Päivi Tynjälä

2008

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  • The article presents a thematic review of the recent research on workplace learning
  • It is divided into two main sections
  • The first section asks what we know about learning at work, and states four propositions: the nature of workplace learning is both different from and similar to school learning; learning in the workplace can be described at different levels, ranging from the individual to the network and region; workplace learning is both informal and formal; and workplaces differ a lot in how they support learning
  • The second section focuses on workplace learning that is related to formal education
  • It is concluded that the worlds of education and work are moving closer each other and that the integration of formal and informal learning is an essential prerequisite for developing the kinds of expertise needed in response to the changes taking place in working life

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