Francophone Perspectives of Learning Through Work

Conceptions, Traditions and Practices

  • Laurent Filliettaz
  • Stephen Billett

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Laurent Filliettaz, Stephen Billett
    Pages 1-16
  3. Conceptualising the Links Between Learning and Practice

  4. Conceputalising the Links Between Training and Work

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 367-378

About this book


This book generates a comprehensive account of ways in which practice-based learning has been conceptualized in the Francophone context. Learning for occupations, and the educational and practice-based experiences supporting it are the subject of increased interest and attention globally. Governments, professional bodies, workplaces and workers are now looking for experiences that support the initial and ongoing development of occupational capacities. Consequently, more attention is being given to workplaces as sites for this learning. This focus on learning through work has long been emphasised in the Francophone world, which has developed distinct traditions and conceptions of associations between work and learning. These include ergonomics and professional didactics. Yet, whilst being accepted and of long standing in the Francophone world, these conceptions and traditions, and the practices supporting them are little known about or understood in the Anglophone world, which is the dominant medium for scientific and educational discussion. This book addresses this problem through drawing on accounts from France, Switzerland and Canada that make accessible and elaborate these traditions, conceptions and practices through examples of their applications to occupationally related learning. These accounts offer variations and culturally-specific developments of these traditions, but collectively emphasize a preoccupation with how both work and learning need to be understood through situated considerations of persons enacting their work practice. In this way, they offer noteworthy and worthwhile contributions to contemporary global considerations of learning through work.

"This book is most important for our community, not only for the workplace learning community, but for the whole field of educational, psychological and pedagogical science."
Professor Hans Gruber, EARLI President from 2015 to 2017<


Ergonomics Training adult education occupational practice practice-based learning professional learning vocational education workplace learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Laurent Filliettaz
    • 1
  • Stephen Billett
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Adult Education, Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesUniversity of GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.School of Education and Professional StudiesGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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