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Title: Nature and dynamics of industry-based workplace learning for South African TVET lecturers
Authors: Van der Bijl, Andre 
Taylor, Vanessa 
Keywords: Activity Theory;;Engeström;;Lecturer workplace experience;;Teacher industry placement;;Vocational education;;Work-integrated learning
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Sage
Abstract: This article reports on the findings of an industry workplace experience project involving lecturers in South Africa’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges, against the backdrop of new legislation and the realization that college lecturers’ industry-related skills are in question. Its focus is on the nature of TVET lecturer industry-based workplace learning and the internal dynamics of its implementation in the college and employer systems. The article provides background on workplace-based learning for TVET lecturers and contrasts this form of workplace learning with forms used for students. After providing a critical analysis of methods used to theorize workplace-based learning, a model is employed to describe and analyse lecturers’ experiences, with the aim of informing national and international knowledge and practice. The study supports the argument that workplace-based learning for TVET lecturers is not the same as for students. While students are exposed to workplaces to provide them with orientation and initial skills for future careers, workplace-based learning for lecturers is designed to improve knowledge development competencies. TVET lecturers undertake workplace-based learning to improve their knowledge of practice and so improve their theorization and teaching skills. The article points to the need for further research on and theorizing of industry-based workplace learning for lecturers.
ISSN: 0950-4222
Appears in Collections:Edu - Journal Articles (DHET subsidised)

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