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Informal Learning at Work

Triggers, Antecedents, and Consequences, 1st Edition

Edited by Gerhard Messmann, Mien Segers, Filip Dochy


196 pages

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Informal Learning at Work reflects the growing interest in changing the way the workplace encourages and enhances learning and professional development. Due to societal, economic, and technological developments, organisations face the pressure of growing knowledge-intensity and the need for innovations. As a result, employees are expected to adapt to new situations and constantly update their skillsets within an increasingly challenging environment. This book brings together cross-disciplinary perspectives from leading international researchers, drawing on a range of theoretical and empirical studies.

Extensively researched and expertly edited, this new addition to the EARLI New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction seriesoutlines the starting points for future research, and highlights the benefits and implications for those aiming to foster informal learning at work, covering areas such as:

  • professional judgement
  • improving the structure of work tasks
  • facilitating innovative work behaviour
  • the place of informal learning within teaching

Informal Learning at Work presents original quantitative and qualitative studies as well as integrative analyses of worldwide research and is an invaluable introduction to this highly topical subject.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements List of Contributors 1. Emergence, Theoretical Foundation, and Conceptualisation of Informal Learning at Work Gerhard Messmann, Mien S. R. Segers, Filip Dochy 2. Antecedents of Informal Workplace Learning: A Theoretical StudyEva Kyndt, Natalie Govaerts, Kelly Smet, Filip Dochy 3. Effects of Complexity of Work Tasks on Informal Learning at Work in the IT domainKatrin Hirschmann, Regina H. Mulder 4. Deliberate Practice as a Lever for Professional Judgment – Lessons from Informal Workplace LearningTherese Grohnert, Roger Meuwissen, Wim Gijselaers 5. Informal Learning at Work as a Facilitator of Employees’ Innovative Work BehaviourMaike Gerken, Gerhard Messmann, Dominik E. Froehlich, Simon A. J. Beausaert, Regina H. Mulder, Mien S. R. Segers 6. Vital but Neglected: The Informal Learning of New Teachers in ScotlandRachel Shanks 7. The Potential and Paradox of Informal LearningDavid Boud, Donna Rooney 8. Informal learning at Work: What Do We Know More and Understand Better?Herman Baert

About the Editors

Gerhard Messmann is Assistant Professor at the Chair for Vocational Education and Training and Learning in Organisations at the Institute of Educational Science, University of Regensburg, Germany.

Mien S. R. Segers is Professor of Corporate Learning at the Department of Educational Research and Development, Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Filip Dochy is Professor of Research on Learning and Development, and Corporate Training at the Center for Professional Learning & Development, Corporate Training and Lifelong Learning, KU Leuven, Belgium.

About the Series

New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction

New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction is published by Routledge in conjunction with EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction). The series publishes cutting edge international research focusing on all aspects of learning and instruction in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings. Titles published within the series take a broad and innovative approach to topical areas of research, are written by leading international researchers and are aimed at a research and post-graduate student audience.

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