Discourses on Professional Learning

On the Boundary Between Learning and Working

  • Christian Harteis
  • Andreas Rausch
  • Jürgen Seifried

Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Christian Harteis, Andreas Rausch, Jürgen Seifried
    Pages 1-7
  3. Analytic Perspective 1 – Learning in Work Context

  4. Analytic Perspective 2 – Work as Learning Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Mark A. Tyler, Sarojni Choy, Raymond Smith, Darryl Dymock
      Pages 159-175
    3. David Gijbels, Christian Harteis, Vincent Donche, Piet van den Bossche, Steffi Maes, Katrin Temmen
      Pages 177-188
    4. Jennifer Cleland, Joseph Leaman, Stephen Billett
      Pages 211-230
  5. Methodological Issues

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 387-395

About this book


This book analyses and elaborates on learning processes within work environments and explores professional learning. It presents research indicating general characteristics of the work environment that support learning, as well as barriers to workplace learning. Themes of professional development, lifelong learning and business organisation emerge through the chapters, and contributions explore theoretical and empirical analyses on the boundary between working and learning in various contexts and with various methodological approaches. 
Readers will discover how current workplace learning approaches can emphasise the learning potential of the work environment and how workplaces can combine the application of competence, that is working, with its acquisition or learning. Through these chapters, we learn about the educational challenge to design workplaces as environments of rich learning potential without neglecting business demands. 
Expert authors explore how learning and working are both to be considered as two common aspects of an individual’s activity. Complexity, significance, integrity, and variety of assigned work tasks as well as scope of action, interaction, and feedback within its processing, turn out to be crucial work characteristics, amongst others revealed in these chapters. 
Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning series, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in workplaces as learning environments: those within government, community or business agencies and within the research communities in education, psychology, sociology, and business management will find it of great interest.


Business education Business organisation Lifelong Learning Professional Development Professional education Work Environment Work and learning error learning processes learning organizations practice-based learning professional learning work agency workplace learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Harteis
    • 1
  • Andreas Rausch
    • 2
  • Jürgen Seifried
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Educational ScienceUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  2. 2.Department of Business Education and Educational ManagementUniversity of BambergBambergGermany
  3. 3.Economics and Business Education IIUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7011-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7012-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5549
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5557
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