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Applying the Survey Method to Learning at Work: A Recent UK Experience

Felstead, Alan, Fuller, Alison, Unwin, Lorna, Ashton, David, Butler, Peter, Lee, Tracey and Walters, Sally (2004) Applying the Survey Method to Learning at Work: A Recent UK Experience. Other. Univesity of Leicester, Leicester, UK. (Unpublished)

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    The skills debate in many European countries has for many
    years been preoccupied with the supply of qualified
    individuals and participation in training events. This emphasis
    is reflected in the sources of systematic data currently
    available to policy-makers and academics in the field.
    However, recent case study work suggests that qualifications
    and training are partial measures of skill development as most
    learning arises naturally out of the demands and challenges of
    everyday work experience and interactions with colleagues,
    clients and customers. This paper argues that the ‘learning as
    acquisition’ and ‘learning as participation’ metaphors aptly
    capture these two competing intellectual traditions. Despite
    the substitution of the word ‘learning’ for ‘training’, the
    preoccupation with measuring exposure to conscious and
    planned events which are set up to impart knowledge and
    skills remains as strong as ever and typifies the ‘learning as
    acquisition’ approach. This paper outlines an experiment that
    was designed to give the ‘learning as participation’ metaphor a
    firmer survey basis than it has hitherto enjoyed. The resulting
    survey of 1,943 employees carried out in February 2004 in the
    UK highlights the importance of social relationships and
    mutual support in enhancing individual performance at work,
    factors which individual acquisition of qualifications and
    attendance on courses ignores. The paper also confirms the
    importance of work design in promoting and facilitating
    learning at work in all its guises.

    Item Type: Monograph (Other)
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 11:58
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 11:51


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