Vocational Teachers' Role in Workplace Learning Curriculum
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Currently in a number of western economies there is a focus on workplaces as environments in which individuals can acquire the skilful knowledge required for work. This paper discusses the potential role for vocational educators in organising workplace learning experiences. It commences by proposing a focus on learning, rather than teaching as being sympathetic to the increasingly accepted constructivist views of how individuals learn through engagement in social practice. Drawing upon a series of studies into workplace learning, which identified some of the strengths and weaknesses of workplaces as learning environments a model of workplace learning is identified - the learning curriculum. A role for vocational educators in organising and assisting with the development of the learning curriculum in workplaces is then advanced. Furthermore, this role necessarily causes aspects of vocational educators' role to be reappraised and reconceptualised as it places the vocational educator as an organiser of experiences rather than an instructor. Through such a reappraisal vocational educators may be able to play a constructive role in the development of workplaces as learning environments and, in doing so, review vocational education practice within the taught curriculum in other settings.
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