Work-based learning is Joe Raelin's unique way of incorporating a number of action strategiessuch as action learning, action science, and communities of practiceinto a comprehensive framework to help people learn collectively with others. In this thoroughly updated and revised edition, he demonstrates how to engage our reflective powers to challenge those taken-for-granted assumptions that unwittingly hold us back from questioning standard ways of operating. A well-known, popular author, Raelin is an avid student of the many traditions that support work-based learning, so he presents an inclusive model that has wide appeal across disciplines and occupations. He provides readers with the most recent updates in the field, such as his coverage of virtual team learning, portfolios, multisource feedback, critical and global action learning, and changes in educational policy. Whether you're an organizational or college educator, this book will help you make learning accessible to everyoneand even contagious within your organization!
Praise for Work-Based Learning
"We are in an age where learning and perpetual improvement are the keys to survival for most organizations. Yet there is very little practical advice out there on how to integrate such learning with the pressures of work. Work-Based Learning is a much-needed statement of both the theory and practice of such learning and should, therefore, be highly valued by all managers who want to improve their organization's learning capacity."
Edgar H. Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management
"A big worry for trainers and students alike is: will learning make any difference in practice? In this landmark book, Joe Raelin shows us how irrelevant this question could be if we integrate the learning with the work that needs doing."
Jonathan Gosling, director of the Centre for Leadership Studies and professor of leadership, University of Exeter, UK