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Pylväs, Laura; Nokelainen, Petri; Rintala, Heta – Vocations and Learning, 2018
This study examines Finnish apprenticeship training stakeholders' perceptions of vocational expertise and experiences of workplace learning and guidance. The semi-structured interview data was collected in 2015 in two vocational fields: the social and health care services sector (five workplaces) and the technology sector (five workplaces). The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Apprenticeships, Stakeholders, Vocational Education
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Kurunsaari, Merja; Tynjälä, Päivi; Piirainen, Arja – Vocations and Learning, 2018
A competence-oriented approach has recently emerged in higher education and thus far, not much attention has been paid to how "competence" itself is understood in education. The purpose of this study was to examine how graduating physiotherapy students perceive their competence at the end of their studies. The data comprised interviews…
Descriptors: Physical Therapy, Allied Health Occupations Education, College Students, Competence
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Halvarsson Lundkvist, Agneta; Gustavsson, Maria – Vocations and Learning, 2018
The aim of this article is to investigate how the formal competence development activities provided by the Production Leap, a workplace development programme (WPDP), were interwoven with everyday work activities and to identify the conditions that enabled learning and employee-driven innovation that contributed to production improvement, in small…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Competence, Workplace Learning, Job Skills
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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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Fuller, Alison; Unwin, Lorna – Vocations and Learning, 2017
Over 25 years ago, Brown and Duguid ("Organisation Science," 2(1), 40-57, 1991) highlighted the differences between the way organisations formally describe and delineate jobs and the actual practices of their employees. This paper combines ideas from their seminal contribution with theories of "job crafting" and identity to…
Descriptors: Unskilled Workers, Hospitals, Health Personnel, Professional Identity
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Littlejohn, Allison; Milligan, Colin; Fontana, Rosa Pia; Margaryan, Anoush – Vocations and Learning, 2016
Professional learning is a critical component of ongoing improvement and innovation and the adoption of new practices in the workplace. Professional learning is often achieved through learning embedded in everyday work tasks. However, little is known about how professionals self-regulate their learning through regular work activities. This paper…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Workplace Learning, Self Management, Active Learning
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Hämäläinen, Raija; Cattaneo, Alberto – Vocations and Learning, 2015
Modern vocational education is increasingly taking place in new technology-enhanced learning (TEL) settings. On the one hand, vocational education can benefit from the opportunities of technological development. On the other hand, such technologies may create new challenges for teachers. Therefore, there is a particular need to pay more attention…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration
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Döös, Marianne; Johansson, Peter; Wilhelmson, Lena – Vocations and Learning, 2015
This paper attempts to explore an analogy between individual and organizational learning within experiential learning theory (ELT). The focus is on both the possibility of identifying a learning subject that learns in action, and on the genesis process behind the learning of a suggested learning subject at organizational level. The exploration…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Organizational Culture, Learning Theories, Experiential Learning
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Reegård, Kaja – Vocations and Learning, 2015
The paper investigates how learning and processes of becoming are shaped and enacted in retail apprenticeship in Norway. The analysis draws upon a qualitative study of managers and apprentices in different retail sub-sectors. The empirical point of departure is managers who, more or less deliberately, throw apprentices into tasks from day one.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sales Occupations, Retailing, Apprenticeships
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Sandal, Ann Karin; Smith, Kari; Wangensteen, Ragne – Vocations and Learning, 2014
Vocational education, as part of the Norwegian upper secondary education, includes both school-based learning and workplace learning. While school-based learning is characterized by formal structures and guided by aims in the curricula, workplace learning is often informal, incidental and directed by the daily work-tasks. Assessment in workplace…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Workplace Learning, Secondary School Students
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Poortman, Cindy L.; Reenalda, Marloes; Nijhof, Wim J.; Nieuwenhuis, Loek F. M. – Vocations and Learning, 2014
Workplace learning is considered an effective strategy for the development of vocation, career and professional identity. Dual training programs, in which learning at a vocational school and learning at work in a company are combined, are seen as strong carriers for skill formation processes. In this study we explore workplace learning in dual…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Professional Education, Higher Education, Qualitative Research
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Juuti, Sini; Littleton, Karen – Vocations and Learning, 2012
The classical music academy is a site dominated by traditional meanings of creative practice and an image of the professional creative career as solo performer that is fully available to only a very few students after graduating. The purpose of the study reported in this paper is to explore career-young professional pianists' talk about the…
Descriptors: Music Education, Musicians, Creativity, Career Development
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Minnaert, Alexander; Boekaerts, Monique; de Brabander, Cornelis; Opdenakker, Marie-Christine – Vocations and Learning, 2011
To prepare students for effective workplace learning, it is necessary to have insight into the contextual characteristics that affect students' developing interest. Aiming at students to become self-regulated learners, teachers should act as mindful coaches, encouraging their students to monitor the quality of collaborative group work. A field…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Context Effect, Student Interests, Independent Study
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Hytönen, Kaisa; Hakkarainen, Kai; Palonen, Tuire – Vocations and Learning, 2011
The purpose of the present investigation was to examine young diplomats' socialization to the professional expert culture of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland over a six-month on-job training period, as part of their preparation for service in the diplomatic corps. Using social network analysis, we analyzed departments' internal social…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Public Officials, Work Environment
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Skår, Randi – Vocations and Learning, 2010
This article explores and illuminates the meaning of nurses' experiences with their work as a learning environment. A qualitative hermeneutic approach guided the research process and the analysis and interpretation of the transcribed interview-texts of eleven graduate nurses. Three core themes emerged from these informants' descriptions of their…
Descriptors: Nurses, Qualitative Research, Hermeneutics, Interviews
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