Academic Vocational Training: Searching for a new Paradigm

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Danish society puts a high value on education which is traditionally seen as a crucial vehicle for development in all spheres of social and economic life. Large sums are spent on work-related adult learning, an important example being academically based masters programs. Yet, the actual effects of such educational investment in terms of improved workplace efficiency remain obscure both with respect to the organization and the individual. Academically acquired knowledge is generally admitted not to affect work-related outcomes to any significant extent. The three authors of this paper are all involved in planning, managing and teaching at masters programs at Aalborg University, Denmark. Programs are carefully designed with a view to strengthening the link between the educational space (the curriculum and academic priorities) and the students’ habitual working environment (the organizations from which they come). Starting from a theoretical viewpoint based on traditional learning theory, supplemented by much new research on the transfer of training, as well as on Donald A. Schön’s classic work on practicum as a crucial component in the training of practitioners, our paper presents and illustrates, with examples, a framework for designing educational programs which can help make academic teaching relevant to production-oriented life in organizations. The paper may be read as a statement from which criteria for evaluating the said masters programs can be generated.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning
RedaktørerEric Tsui
Antal sider8
ForlagAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publikationsdato2010
Sider489-497
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-906638-84-9
StatusUdgivet - 2010
Begivenhed7th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning - Hong Kong, Kina
Varighed: 11 nov. 201012 nov. 2010

Konference

Konference7th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning
Land/OmrådeKina
ByHong Kong
Periode11/11/201012/11/2010

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