Faculty Publications - School of Business

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

The rhetoric surrounding workplace learning is overwhelmingly positive. Boud and Garrick (1999) declare, for example: “Learning at work has become one of the most exciting areas of development in the dual fields of management and education” (p. 1). Advocates promise that education on the job will promote economic prosperity, empower workers, foster collaboration, encourage lifelong learning, and reduce the need for organizational hierarchy (Fenwick, 1998). Government policy makers, human resource professionals, college administrators and faculty, employees, union officials, and executives all support corporate learning. Even the term “workplace learning” has positive connotations. This phrase makes older terms like “vocational education” and “training” appear quaint and outdated.

Comments

Originally published as Chapter 34 of The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning.

© 2010 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-handbook-of-workplace-learning/book233097

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