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2nd Edition

Theories of Workplace Learning in Changing Times

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ISBN 9781032035314
August 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is an expansion and major updating of the highly successful Theories of Learning for the Workplace, first published in 2011. It offers fascinating overviews into some of the most important theories of learning and how they are practically applied to organisational or workplace learning. Each chapter is co-authored by an academic researcher and an expert in business or industry, providing practical case studies combined with a thorough analysis of theories and models of learning.

Key figures in education, psychology and cognitive science present a comprehensive range of conceptual perspectives on learning theory, offering a wealth of new insights to support innovative research directions and innovation in learning, training and teaching for the upcoming post-Covid decades. Containing overviews of theories from Schön, Argyris, Senge, Engeström, Dochy & Segers, Decuyper, Raes & Boon, Ericsson, Kolb, Mezirow, Lave & Wenger, and Van den Bossche, this book discusses:

  • Learning of employees in the digital era
  • Workplace learning

  • High Impact Learning
  • Informal learning
  • Adult learning
  • L&D didactics
  • Reflective practice
  • Transformational learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Deliberate practice
  • Communities of practice
  • Team learning
  • Organisational learning
  • Expansive learning

Combining theory and practice, this book will be essential reading for all trainee and practising educational psychologists, organisational psychologists, researchers and students in the field of lifelong learning, educational policy makers, students, researchers and teachers in vocational and higher education. It will also be of interest to those involved in training trainers and teacher training.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations  Building training and development programmes on recent theories of learning in the digital era – Introduction Filip Dochy  Chapter 1: From classic perspectives on learning to current views on learning Mien Segers, Maaike Endedijk & David Gijbels  Chapter 2: High Impact Learning that lasts: Future-proof L&D Filip Dochy & Mien Segers  Chapter 3: STEP: a model for team reflexivity in the workplace  Stefan Decuyper, Anne Boon, Elisabeth Raes  Chapter 4: L&D didactics for workplace learning Filip Dochy & Annelies Wybo  Chapter 5 Deliberate practice, the high road to expertise: K. A. Ericsson Margje W. J. van de Wiel, Piet Van den Bossche and Richard P. Koopmans  Chapter 6: Transformational learning: Starting from Mezirow and evolving into a diversity of perspectives Mien Segers and Maurice De Greef  Chapter 7: Experience and Reflection: D. Schön and D. Kolb Piet Van den Bossche and Tansu Baktiran  Chapter 8: Communities of practice: J. Lave and E. Wenger David Gijbels, Maaike Endedijk & Tim Hirschler  Chapter 9: Team Learning: Harvesting diversity Piet Van den Bossche & Geert Nijs  Chapter 10: Systems thinking and building learning organisations: P. Senge Filip Dochy and Jan Lauriissen  Chapter 11: On organisational learning: C. Argyris David Gijbels and Roel Spaenhoven  Chapter 12: Inter-organisational expansive learning at work Filip Dochy, Yrjö Engeström, Annalisa Sannino and Niel Van Meeuwen

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Filip Dochy is Professor of Learning & Development in organisations. He is a European Academy of Science - Academia Europaea member. He also is a TOP 1% scientist @ USERN (Universal Scientific Education and Research Network). He is the founding editor of the Educational Research Review and Frontline Learning Research. He is a past president of EARLI ( and founder of EAPRIL (

David Gijbels is Professor of Learning and Instruction at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium.  He is a member of the research group Edubron and co-founder of the Antwerp Social Lab. He is also co-ordinating the research network on learning strategies in informal and social learning.

Mien Segers is Professor of Corporate Learning in the Department of Educational Research and Development at the Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics, the Netherlands. She is also Series Editor for the EARLI book series, New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction.

Piet Van den Bossche is Professor ‘Learning in Organisations’ at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Social Sciences) and Associate professor at Maastricht University (School of Business & Economics). He is chair of the department Training and Education Sciences. Also, he is elected member of the executive committee of the European Association of Research on Learning & Instruction (EARLI).