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Professor Stephen Gomez Advanced Professional Development (APD1)
Learning institutions ‘To demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of work as a valid activity for learning’. Starting point – university education Origins of universities was for vocational studies Degree – allowed people to practice in their profession Doctorate – allowed people to teach others Characteristics of universities: Teaching students – core business Discipline-based research – informs teaching, applied to industry through knowledge transfer Assess, accredit & award qualifications
The workplace as a learning space Schön (1983) & Brennan (2005) – learning is an integral and ongoing feature of work; Human capital theory (Schultz, 1961; Becker, 1964) ‘people are an organisation’s greatest resource’; Increase in ‘physical capital’ explains only part of the growth of the economy; Another part is education, skills & training of the workforce; Cost-benefit analysis of training & education
Intellectual capital Brennan – develops human capital to intellectual capital Vital to economic success Encourages knowledge creation Application of new knowledge to the workplace Garnett et al (2009) – intellectual capital as a true measure of the wealth of an organisation Organisation is not measured as a place of production but as a place of thinking
Characteristics of new workplace knowledge There are a number of ways that new knowledge from the workplace differs from that generated by univeristies Alignment – interdisciplinary vs subject disciplines Usage – immediate vs longer term Codification – hard to codify vs highly codified Networks & collaboration – communities of practice
Workplace vs university settings Workplace settingUniversity setting PracticalTheoretical InterdisciplinaryDisciplinary InformalFormal AppliedFoundational ContextualGeneralisable
Further reading & citations Australian national Training Authority (2003) review of Training Packages in Austrlia Gary S. Becker (1964, 1993, 3rd ed.). Human Capital: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis, with Special Reference to Education.. Chicago, University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-04120-9 Brennan, L. (2005) Integrating work based learning into higher education. Report, Bolton: University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC). Garnett, Costley and Workman (2009) Schultz, T (1961) "Education and Economic Growth," in Social Forces Influencing American Education, N.B. Henry, ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Waterhouse, R. (2002) Widening participation and the distributed university. In: Roodhouse, S. & Hemsworth, D. (Eds) Widening participation in the workplace, a new agenda for further and higher education, Bolton: Proceedings of the University Vocational Awards Council.