1st Edition

The Fundamentals of Workplace Learning Understanding How People Learn in Working Life

By Knud Illeris Copyright 2011
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    Fundamentals of Workplace Learning is a comprehensive guide to how people learn in the workplace, and the issues and challenges involved. Examining the essential aspects of workplace learning and unravelling the various influences which affect the success of work-based learners, Knud Illeris presents a holistic model to explain how diverse individuals can be encouraged and invited to learn at work.

    Approaching workplace learning from the perspective of learners as human beings, with complex social and psychological needs, as opposed to resources to be managed, this book examines in detail the key issues surrounding workplace learning, including:

    • The workplace environment as a learning space
    • Workplace learning as competence development
    • A multitude of different kinds of workplace learning arrangements
    • Job-transcending learning initiatives
    • The interaction between formal and informal learning environments
    • The challenges presented by specific groups: early school leavers, elderly workers and the new young generation.

    Presenting conclusions on workplace learning and possibilities for the future this book focuses on a way forward while detailing the fundamentals of successful workplace learning. It will appeal to everyone involved in understanding and improving learning in the workplace including educationalists, business students, managers, personnel and educational leaders.

    @contents: Part I: The Basis for Workplace Learning  1. Introduction  2. The Workplace as a Learning Space  3. Learning Processes as they are formed at Work  4. A Holistic Model of Workplace Learning  5. The Need for Competence Development  Part II: Workplace Learning in Practice  6. Combining Work and Learning  7. Learning Related to Everyday Work  8. Guided Learning at Work  9. Job-transcending Workplace Learning  10. Combination of Learning Activities Inside and Outside the Workplace  Part III: General Perspectives  11. The Main General Features of Workplace Learning  12. Special Circumstances and Problems in Relation to Specific Groups of Learners  Conclusions


    Knud Illeris is Professor of Lifelong Learning at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is author of numerous books, including How We Learn, Contemporary Theories of Learning, and International Perspectives on Competence Development.