Conceptualising work learning: Exploring the educational discourse on work-based, work-related, and workplace learning

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This paper examines the current educational discourse on work and learning and explores conceptualisations of work-connected learning; in particular, work-based, work-related and workplace learning. It is argued that varying definitions of work-associated learning has led to conceptual confusion in the literature. Through a conceptual analysis of the three terms, current usage is problematized. The term work learning is introduced in the paper as an overarching term that refers to any and all of these three forms of learning. Indeed, it is proposed as an umbrella term for any learning that is connected with some form of work in order to aid discussion. Within this remit, many learning forms can be identified; however, it is argued that there is a need for clarification as current conceptualisations are often conflicting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalWork Based Learning e-Journal International
Volume5
Issue number1
Early online date1 Dec 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Typology of learning
  • conceptual analysis
  • work learning
  • educational discourse.

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