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Learning at work
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2009 (English)In: OSH for development: occupational safety and health for development / [ed] Elgstrand, K & Petersson, N, Stockholm: Industrial Ecology, Royal Institute of Technology , 2009, 475-486 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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What knowledge on learning qualifies for presentation and reflection in the context of a book dealing with prevention and in a chapter where develop­ment of work and enterprises are as well in focus? For managers and leaders as well as for workers in thriving companies it is useful to have at least some basic insights into the processes and conditions of experiential learning. An ongoing competence development and learning within the enterprise has turned out to be of competitive advantage. This chapter aims at reflecting learning issues from an angle of use for practice – especially the kind of practice in focus of this book where we place ourselves at the junction between healthy workplaces as the result of competent preven­tion, and prosperous company development. After having reflected the fact that we are all learners all the time the following points will be treated:

  • The quality and usefulness of what is learnt
  • Some basic learning principles
  • Collective and organisational learning

Several are the attempts to deal with everyday learning theoretically. Ex­planations have been offered on how learning comes about when learning is not in focus of the activity. From different angles re­searchers have entered the scene and made sense of what is going on that comes out in increased skill, competence and know-how at a certain work­place. In common during the last two decades has been a growing interest in the learning processes of everyday working life as opposed to didactical concerns in education and courses. Also the interest for learning levels above the individual, i.e. collective learning like organisa­tional and team learning has increased. Furthermore these interests are widely shared with practitioners like managers of successful companies and other organisa­tions. To learn briefly means to change and develop one’s con­ception and understanding of something, and is in this chapter thought of as a process. Competence is regarded as a task related capability to make use of knowledge in acting.

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Stockholm: Industrial Ecology, Royal Institute of Technology , 2009. 475-486 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36519ISBN: 978-91-633-4798-6OAI: diva2:289561
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2010-10-20Bibliographically approved

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