This paper explores the different ways in which people engage in ‘teaching’ and learning in the workplace. There is now much more awareness of the symbiotic relationship between workplace learning, the organisation of work, level of employee involvement, and organisational performance, and the broader economic, regulatory, and social context, within which organisations have to operate. Context (external and internal) is, therefore, central to our understanding of the nature of pedagogical practice within any workplace setting. It can help unlock the mystery of why organisations adopt different practices, who they allow to ‘teach’ and learn, and why they create such different learning environments. The paper draws on initial findings from a multi-sector study in the UK, which is employing a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to examine these issues in a range of case study sites. It argues that the contexts within which organisations operate are the analytical starting point for building a meaningful picture of the learning that takes place within organisational settings.
|Title of host publication||The Learning Potential of the Workplace|
|Editors||W. J. Nijhof, L. Nieuwenhuis|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|