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The informal learning processes of young engineers at the workplace

Hassink, L.B. (2018) The informal learning processes of young engineers at the workplace.

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Abstract:The aim of the current study was to determine how young engineers learn at the workplace. Therefore, the research question is stated: How do young technical employees learn at the workplace?. This research aims to make a contribution to existing theories about workplace learning, along with providing insights about the 21st century- and technical skills that needed to be learned, how these skills are learned and the transfer of these skills. This study is an exploratory qualitative research. Twenty young male technicians, between age 20 and 30, with a technical vocational educational background from different technological organisations from the eastern of the Netherlands, are interviewed. This research found out that, in terms of 21st century skills, especially thinking-, interpersonal-, and intrapersonal skills are learned at the workplace by the young engineers. In terms of technical skills, the young engineers learned to install or place specialist products, keep up with new technology and quality standards, and learned how to do work preparation.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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