Early career learning at work
Eraut, M., Maillardet, F.J., Miller, C., Steadman, S., Ali, S., Blackman, C. and Furner, J. (2004) Early career learning at work In: TLRP 2004 Conference, Cardiff.
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Our paper will focus on three general theoretical frameworks developed within our project. Our typology of learning is based on two simple distinctions. The first is between learning processes, such as problem-solving, and learning activities, such as asking questions, which are located within many different types of learning process. The second is between learning that occurs as the by-product of a working process (e.g. working alongside a more experienced colleague), and learning as a separate activity (e.g. engagement in formal training or being coached). Our progression model for mapping outcomes has eight sections: task performance, awareness and understanding, personal development, teamwork, role competence, decision-making and problem-solving, academic knowledge and skills, judgement. Then finally, we have a two triangle model for analysing the interactions between factors affecting learning in the workplace. The rationale for these three frameworks will be explained and illustrated by empirical evidence on the early career learning of accountants, engineers and nurses.
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