Book Chapter

Trends in workplace learning research



Fenwick T (2010) Trends in workplace learning research. In: Peterson P, Baker E & McGaw B (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Education. 3rd ed. Elsevier, pp. 83-88.

Research in workplace learning - by now a contested and problematic term - has proliferated along highly diverse ideological, theoretical, and contextual lines. This article offers a selective glimpse of these lines as well as their distinctive contributions to theory and practice. Perspectives range from more individualist (human development, reflection, and skill acquisition) to more collective and even sociomaterial (complexity and activity theory) views. Foci range from the functional (processes of learning and how to enhance them) to the political (identities, literacies, and different views of power and politics in learning). The emphasis of the article is upon fostering productive dialog among these views, and pointing to those which appear to be attracting greatest attention.

Communities of practice; Co-participation; Cultural–historical activity theory; Identity; Learning; Literacy; Politics; Reflection; Skill; Work; Workplace

Publication date31/12/2010
Publisher URL…0080448947000129

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Professor Tara Fenwick

Professor Tara Fenwick

Emeritus Professor, Education