Insights into vocational learning from an applied learning perspective

Pridham, Bruce, O’Mallon, Simon and Prain, Vaughan 2012, Insights into vocational learning from an applied learning perspective, Vocations and learning, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 77-97, doi: 10.1007/s12186-011-9063-8.

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Title Insights into vocational learning from an applied learning perspective
Author(s) Pridham, Bruce
O’Mallon, Simon
Prain, VaughanORCID iD for Prain, Vaughan
Journal name Vocations and learning
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 77
End page 97
Total pages 21
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2012-07
ISSN 1874-785X
Keyword(s) Applied learning
Embodied cognition
Summary A theoretical framework for understanding applied learning processes is now warranted given the frequency with which these processes are now being utilised. Drawing in part from the literature on applied education in schools as well as theories of vocational learning such a framework is offered here that seeks to explain these learning processes in terms of the interplay of multiple accounts of influences at micro, meso and macro levels. This framework integrates current and emerging theories around practical learning, and provides insights into vocational and workplace education processes. We clarify how features of our framework complement broader current debates and concepts in the literature on vocational and work-related learning, particularly focusing on influences for that learning at the micro level of individuals’ experiences and understandings entailed in embodied cognition, or knowing through practice. Moreover, the value of this framework is demonstrated through its application to two very different case studies of learning processes in workplace settings. In conclusion, some implications for further theoretical and practical work in this area are advanced.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12186-011-9063-8
Field of Research 130106 Secondary Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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