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Improving Workplace Learning by Teaching Literature

Towards Wisdom


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christine Angela Eastman
    Pages 1-10
  3. Christine Angela Eastman
    Pages 11-33
  4. Christine Angela Eastman
    Pages 35-56
  5. Christine Angela Eastman
    Pages 57-82
  6. Christine Angela Eastman
    Pages 83-97
  7. Christine Angela Eastman
    Pages 99-117

About this book


This book investigates the integration of literary writing into work based or business writing.  It proposes ways of how to help people with considerable work experience use literature to engage with the problems they face in their work.  Many people like to read for pleasure, but their skills in reading could always be improved. This book makes an original contribution to the fields of education, work based learning and business by encouraging students to explore history, memoir, fiction, and non-fiction to model their own writing and widen their knowledge beyond the work place and their customary reading. Inside are onsite experiments with fiction and non-fiction prose that show how people in the workplace respond and grow from contact with significant literature and culture that relates broadly to their work. As a Coaching Master’s student observes:

“I have not been a prolific reader. It has been a weakness and a gap.  I have probably read more in the last year [during the project course] than I have read in the past twenty years. So that says something. My ability to attend to what in a book has weight or relevance has markedly improved. In the past I banked largely on my opinions because not being a prolific reader, I had to. It can be incredibly empowering to see that there are so many assets outside of my own mind.  When something comes up now, I tend to weigh it. I am more specific about how I use words.”


Communication skills Professional education Professional knowledge Professional knowledge Professional learning Reflective intelligence Reflective practice Reflective wisdom Studying rhetoric Teaching English literature Teaching humanities Teaching rhetoric Workbased curriculum Workbased learning Workplace learning Writing skills

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hendon, LondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Improving Workplace Learning by Teaching Literature
  • Book Subtitle Towards Wisdom
  • Authors Christine Angela Eastman
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-29026-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-29028-7
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 117
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Professional & Vocational Education
    Learning & Instruction
    Creativity and Arts Education
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