1st Edition

Informal Learning in the Workplace Unmasking Human Resource Development

By John Garrick Copyright 1998
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Informal learning has become an extremely important issue as post-industrial workplaces seek to harness its productive potential. Managers and HRD practitioners have attempted to deploy informal learning in the design of corporate cultures, however, most discussions of the subject have tended to be uncritical expositions which do not challenge the underlying economic, philosophical and organisational rationale. Uniquely, this book goes against this tendency. It critically examines definitions of informal learning, and focuses on its application in a variety of workplace contexts. It features:

    * theories of informal learning
    * the unmasking of contemporary corporate rhetoric
    * the implications for accounts of workplace learning of poststructuralist and post-modern perspectives.

    Incorporating case studies based on interviews with practising managers and HRM practitioners, and a detailed glossary of key concepts and issues, this book will be a valuable reference for students of workplace learning.

    Chapter 1 What is informal learning in the workplace?; Chapter 2 Theorising informal learning; Chapter 3 Work as a learning environment; Chapter 4 The hidden curriculum of learning at work; Chapter 5 Professional identity and self-regulation at work; Chapter 6 The performativity principle in informal learning; Chapter 7 Retheorising informal workplace learning; Chapter 8 Doubts about postmodern doubt;


    John Garrick is a senior researcher and policy analyst at the Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is co-editor of Understanding Learning at Work and Flexible Learning and Human Resource Development: Putting Theory into Practice, Routledge (forthcoming).