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Workplace Learning

Network Coordinator:
Professor Dr Karen Evans, University of London, Institute of Education, United Kingdom.

Asian Network Co-coordinator:
Associate Professor Dr Ruhizan M. Yasin, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia.

European Network Co-coordinator:
Associate Professor Dr Elina Maslo, University of Latvia, Latvia

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Workplace Learning

This research network directs itself to the task of decoding working places as lifelong learning spaces across Asia and Europe: in brief, the CODE initiative. Workplaces exist not simply in companies and public services, but equally across a wide range of organisational and social contexts, including in the Third sector (non-profit-making NGOs, voluntary work, etc.) and in diverse forms of self-employment, including under irregular and precarious conditions. They offer very different kinds of learning opportunities - some are learning-friendly, others are less so; some provide structured work-related education and training for employees, whereas in others, learning is integrated into the flow of working processes.
Therefore, the 'learning continuum' between formal, non-formal and informal learning is a key framework for understanding how opportunities for professional and personal development at work are distributed, structured, experienced and used. Through exchange of information, workshop discussions and joint studies, the network is building up a shared body of knowledge that is driven forward by comparing and contrasting how workplace learning is provided, practised and understood in Asian and European countries.

Network members

The network was established in 2005 and meets at least once each year; its members currently come from 13 countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, The Netherlands, PR China, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Joint studies

In 2009-10, the network conducted a comparative study: What do people interpret to be 'voluntary' and 'compulsory' with respect to workplace learning? What does their company/organisation offer in terms of formal and non-formal work-related learning? Which of these are 'voluntary' and which 'compulsory'? How do objective opportunities and subjective perceptions influence employees' motivation to learn at work and their satisfaction with the learning they have undertaken?

Working places as learning spaces: contextualising lifelong learning in Asia and Europe

Maslo, E.; Lunardon, K. (eds.)

Andresen, B. B.; Barbier, J. M.; Bourgoin, F. T.; Bukantaitė, D.; Friedrichsen, A.; Clausen, C. B.; Cohen-Scali, V.; van Dellen, T.; Fennes, H.; Heidekamp, I.; Hirata, K.; Evans, K.; Kersh, N.; Kokare, M.; Kubiliute, M.; Le, Y.; Lespessailles, C.; Mu, G.; Novotný, P.; Ostendorf, A.; Pasqualoni, P.P.; Permpoonwiwat, C. K.; Ramsamy-Prat, P.; Rojvithee, A.; Saller-Kraft, E.; Sun, J.; Vitali, M.; Wittorski, R.; Yasin, R. M.


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Decoding the meanings of learning at work in Asia and Europe

Chisholm, Lynne; Lunardon, Katharina; Ostendorf, Annette; Pasqualoni, Pier Paolo (eds.)

Innsbruck University Press, 2012

ISBN 978-3-902811-55-4

Workplace learning in China

Sun, Jian-Min

Renmin University of China, 2010

Japan National Report of Workplace Learning in Organization

Hirata, Kenji; Morimoro, Shoko; Ibuchi, Nanae

Tokyo University, 2010

Workplace Learning in Asia and Europe: Austrian National Survey Report

Chisholm, Lynne; Hagleitner, Wolfgang; Helling, Kathrin; Lunardon, Katharina (eds.)

Vietnam Forum on Lifelong Learning: Building a Learning Society, 2010

Workplace learning a sensitive matter? Employees ideas on workplace learning in the Netherlands

Dellen, Theo van; Greveling, Linda (eds.)

University of Groningen, 2010

Contemporary Issues in Workplace Learning: An Introduction

Novotný, Petr (ed.)

Brno: Masaryk University Press, 2008

The chapters present conceptual and empirical analyses of workplace learning from five European contexts. The print version is published in Czech; a CD version is available with the texts in English, Czech, Hungarian and German.

Competence development as workplace learning

Chisholm, Lynne; Fennes, Helmut; Spannring, Reingard (eds.)

Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, 2007

The chapters review research on workplace learning in eight Asian and European countries. Hard copies are now sold out, but the book is available as a downloadable soft copy here.

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