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Kreuzer, Christine; Weber, Susanne – Vocations and Learning, 2018
Due to tremendous worldwide changes, the entrepreneurial imperative demands innovation. Therefore, companies as well as employees require innovative thinking and acting skills to cope with modern challenges. Opportunity Recognition represents the starting point for such entrepreneurial endeavours. Hence, this paper focuses on modelling Opportunity…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Creative Thinking, Innovation, Entrepreneurship
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Palesy, Debra – Vocations and Learning, 2017
Contemporary accounts of learning emphasise the importance of immediate social partners such as teachers and co-workers. Yet, much of our learning for work occurs without such experts. This paper provides an understanding of how and why new home care workers use scaffolding to learn and enact safe manual handling techniques in their workplaces,…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Allied Health Personnel, Workplace Learning, Qualitative Research
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Chan, Selena – Vocations and Learning, 2017
Humans are proposed to have evolved to learn through observation, imitation and practice or mimesis. In this article, the contribution of imitation, as an important but poorly understood aspect of mimetic learning, is advocated to create affordances for dyadic learning. However, learning through imitation is often perceived with negative…
Descriptors: Imitation, Apprenticeships, Learning Processes, Skill Development
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Heikkinen, Hannu L. T.; de Jong, Frank P. C. M.; Vanderlinde, Ruben – Vocations and Learning, 2016
This special issue recognizes EAPRIL as being a platform for practitioner and practice-based research and by organizing the 10th annual conference for practitioner research on improving learning in education and professional practice. Papers in this conference and in this special issue are rooted in practice-based research or practitioner…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Educational Improvement, Conference Papers, Vocational Education
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Chan, Selena – Vocations and Learning, 2015
Learning to become trade workers requires developing the ability to make practical workplace-based judgments, often centred around difficult to articulate trade "know-how" or tacit knowledge. Apprentices learn discipline specific ways of doing, thinking, feeling and being from experts, peers and through interactions with occupational…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Evaluative Thinking, Skill Development, Professional Identity
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Walter, Marcel; Mueller, Normann – Vocations and Learning, 2015
In this paper, we explicate individual training decisions. For this purpose, we propose a framework based on instrumentality theory, a psychological theory of motivation that has frequently been applied to individual occupational behavior. To test this framework, we employ novel German individual data and estimate the effect of subjective expected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Continuing Education, Vocational Education, Decision Making
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Chan, Selena – Vocations and Learning, 2014
The term craftsmanship is associated with pre-industrial craft work with inferences to skilled artisanal manufacture of bespoke products. Apprenticeship learning is often perceived to be synonymous with learning craftsmanship. How then is the trait of craftsmanship through attainment of specific artisanal approaches conveyed and learnt through…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Skilled Workers, Professional Identity
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Henderson, Amanda J.; Alexander, Heather; Haywood, Alison; Stapleton, Peta; Cooke, Marie; Patterson, Elizabeth; Dalton, Megan; Creedy, Debra K. – Vocations and Learning, 2010
This paper discusses how expert guidance can be best provided in work intensive clinical settings. The adequacy for supporting learning in the clinical practicum for health care disciplines is often complicated by the intensive work practices in healthcare settings. Often, clinicians' work is so intense that the scope for providing close guidance…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Health Services, Allied Health Personnel, Interaction
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Filliettaz, Laurent; de Saint-Georges, Ingrid; Duc, Barbara – Vocations and Learning, 2010
When trainers or teachers in the field of initial vocational education explain abstract notions, refer to technical objects or emphasize the specificities of technical skills, they often call forth concepts and practices different from those that are directly salient in the training situations in which they engage. The aim of this paper is to…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Concept Formation, Logical Thinking, Social Influences
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Price, Oriana Milani; Scheeres, Hermine; Boud, David – Vocations and Learning, 2009
This paper takes up understandings of organisations where practices constitute and frame past and present work, as well as future work practice possibilities. Within this view, work practices, and thus organisations, are both perpetuated and varied through employees' enactments of work. Using a practice lens, we are particularly interested in the…
Descriptors: Employee Attitudes, Work Attitudes, Organizational Culture, Organizational Change
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Hodkinson, Phil; Biesta, Gert; James, David – Vocations and Learning, 2008
This paper identifies limitations within the current literature on understanding learning. Overcoming these limitations entails replacing dualist views of learning as either individual or social, by using a theory of learning cultures and a cultural theory of learning, which articulate with each other. To do this, we argue that it is possible and…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Holistic Approach, Heuristics, Student Development