Informal Learning in the Workplace

Eraut, Michael (2004) Informal Learning in the Workplace. Studies in Continuing Education, 26 (2). pp. 247-273. ISSN 0158-037X

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This paper focuses mainly on theoretical frameworks for understanding and investigating informal learning in the workplace, which have been developed through a series of large‐ and small‐scale projects. The main conclusions are included but readers are referred to other publications for more detailed accounts of individual projects. Two types of framework are discussed. The first group seeks to deconstruct the ‘key concepts’ of informal learning, learning from experience, tacit knowledge, transfer of learning and> intuitive practice to disclose the range of different phenomena that are embraced by these popular terms. The second group comprises frameworks for addressing the three central questions that pervaded the research programme: what is being learned, how is it being learned and what are the factors that influence the level and directions of the learning effort?

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Michael Ruarc Eraut
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:46
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 11:20
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