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Froehlich, Dominik E.; Segers, Mien; Beausaert, Simon; Kremer, Michael – Vocations and Learning, 2019
Fluctuating demands and fast changing job-requirements require organizations to invest in employees so that they are able to take up new tasks. In this respect, fostering employees' employability is high on the agenda of many organizations. As a prerequisite for creating employability, many scholars have focused on the role of social informal…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Employment Potential, Informal Education, Competence
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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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Renta Davids, Ana Inés; Van den Bossche, Piet; Gijbels, David; Fandos Garrido, Manel – Vocations and Learning, 2017
The aim of this study was to investigate the transfer of learning of professional competences from vocational colleges to the workplace context in vocational education. Concretely, the study examined the relations between the professional competences learned at school and the use and further development of those competences at the workplace during…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Vocational Education, Foreign Countries, Competence
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Vanthournout, Gert; Noyens, Dorien; Gijbels, David; Van den Bossche, Piet – Vocations and Learning, 2014
Workplace learning is becoming a central tenet for a large proportion of today's employees. This seems especially true for so-called knowledge workers. Today, it remains unclear how differences in the quality of workplace learning are affected by differences in perception of the workplace environment and the motivation of knowledge workers to…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Work Environment, Learning Motivation, Learning Strategies
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van der Rijt, Janine; Van den Bossche, Piet; van de Wiel, Margje W. J.; De Maeyer, Sven; Gijselaers, Wim H.; Segers, Mien S. R. – Vocations and Learning, 2013
In the context of the complexity of today's organizations, help seeking behavior is considered as an important step to problem solving and learning in organizations. Yet, help seeking has received less attention in organizational literature. To increase the potential impact of help seeking on learning, it is essential to understand which…
Descriptors: Help Seeking, Employees, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Networks
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Teras, Marianne; Lasonen, Johanna – Vocations and Learning, 2013
Immigration is an integral phenomenon of our globalising world. The increasing flow of people creates new challenges for educational institutions and workplaces. The purpose of this article is to address challenges that vocational teachers face with diversity at colleges and workplaces. Two research questions are addressed: how do teachers prepare…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Vocational Education Teachers, Teaching Methods, College Instruction
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Tynjala, Paivi – Vocations and Learning, 2013
The interest in research focusing on learning taking place at work, through work and for work has considerably increased over the past two decades. The purpose of the paper is to review and structure this wide and diverse research field. A tentative holistic model--the 3-P model of workplace learning--is presented, in relation to which the…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Vocational Education, Education Work Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Paloniemi, Susanna; Collin, Kaija – Vocations and Learning, 2012
This paper discusses how discursive power and creativity are found to be inter-related in a context not traditionally associated with creative work; the operating theatre of a hospital. Here, it is proposed that creativity relies on socio-cultural factors emphasizing the practical nature of creativity, and highlighting the fact that a large part…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Creativity, Hospitals, Social Influences
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Fox, Alison; Wilson, Elaine; Deaney, Rosemary – Vocations and Learning, 2011
This paper illuminates the experiences of beginning teachers using a participatory perspective approach and drawing on some of these teachers' perceptions. We place the "subject" of workplace learning research centrally in understanding the relatedness between workplaces and novice employees/trainees. This paper builds on previous work…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Work Environment, Semi Structured Interviews
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Kyndt, Eva; Govaerts, Natalie; Dochy, Filip; Baert, Herman – Vocations and Learning, 2011
In our continuously changing society, a need for updating one's skills and knowledge puts pressure on safeguarding the labour market position of low-qualified employees. However, prior research and official statistics show that employees with a lower level of education tend to participate less in training than highly-educated individuals. This…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Employment Qualifications, Intention, Educational Attainment
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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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Hetzner, Stefanie; Gartmeier, Martin; Heid, Helmut; Gruber, Hans – Vocations and Learning, 2011
Reflection on events at work, including errors is often as a means to learn effectively through work. In a cross-sectional field study in the banking sector, we investigated attitudes towards workplace errors (i.e. error orientation) as predictors of reflective activity. We assumed the organisational climate for psychological safety to have a…
Descriptors: Banking, Finance Occupations, Employee Attitudes, Work Attitudes
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Clark, Martyn; Zukas, Miriam; Lent, Neil – Vocations and Learning, 2011
Transitions from university study to graduate work in new industries such as information technology (IT) are not well understood. As the IT industry is a significant recruiter of graduates and an important component of the UK economy, the transition into the IT profession needs to be understood better. In addition, understanding the transition…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Information Technology, Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries
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Gnaur, Dorina – Vocations and Learning, 2010
Work in call centres is often presented as a form of unskilled labour characterized by routinization, technological surveillance and tight management control aimed at reaching intensive performance targets. Beyond delivering business objectives, this control and efficiency strategy is often held to produce counterproductive effects with regard to…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Employees, Ethnography, Work Environment
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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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