Situating Learning in the Workplace: Having Another Look at Apprenticeships
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Examines the acquisition of vocational skills through apprenticeship-type situated learning. Presents findings from studies of skilled workers revealing that learning processes that were consonant with the apprenticeship model of learning were highly valued as a means of acquiring and maintaining vocational skills. Supported by current research and theorizing, describes some conditions by which situated learning through apprenticeship can be utilized to develop vocational skills. These conditixons include the nature of the activities learners engage in, the agency of the learning environment and mentoring role of experts. Addresses conditions which may inhibit the effectiveness of an apprenticeship approach to learning. Concludes by suggesting that situated approaches to learning, such as the apprenticeship model, may address problems of access to effective vocational skill development within the workforces.
Industrial and Commercial Training
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MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES