The potential and paradox of informal learning in the workplace

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Routledge
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Informal Learning at Work: Triggers, Antecedents, and Consequences, 2018, pp. 134 - 152
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2018-01-01
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Through reflection on a lengthy series of research studies of diverse workplace learning conducted in Australia over the past decade, this chapter seeks to position discussion of informal learning as part of everyday working life. It uses a practice theory perspective to show how learning can be understood as a key feature of working and how it is implicated in the normal ebb and flow of work practices. It elucidates some of the tensions that such a view generates and points to the paradox in how promoting informal learning can effectively inhibit it.
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