Informal Learning at Work reflects the growing interest in changing the way the workplace encourages and enhances learning and professional development. Due to societal, economic, and technological developments, organisations face the pressure of growing knowledge-intensity and the need for innovations. As a result, employees are expected to adapt to new situations and constantly update their skillsets within an increasingly challenging environment. This book brings together cross-disciplinary perspectives from leading international researchers, drawing on a range of theoretical and empirical studies.

Extensively researched and expertly edited, this new addition to the EARLI New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction series outlines the starting points for future research, and highlights the benefits and implications for those aiming to foster informal learning at work, covering areas such as:

  • professional judgement
  • improving the structure of work tasks
  • facilitating innovative work behaviour
  • the place of informal learning within teaching

Informal Learning at Work presents original quantitative and qualitative studies as well as integrative analyses of worldwide research and is an invaluable introduction to this highly topical subject.

chapter 1|11 pages

Emergence, theoretical foundation, and conceptualisation of informal learning at work

ByMien Segers, Gerhard Messmann, Filip Dochy

chapter 2|28 pages

Antecedents of informal workplace learning

A theoretical study
ByEva Kyndt, Natalie Govaerts, Kelly Smet, Filip Dochy

chapter 3|23 pages

Effects of complexity of work tasks on informal learning at work in the it domain

ByKatrin Hirschmann, Regina H. Mulder

chapter 4|17 pages

Deliberate practice as a lever for professional judgement

Lessons from informal workplace learning
ByTherese Grohnert, Roger Meuwissen, Wim H. Gijselaers

chapter 5|20 pages

Informal learning at work as a facilitator of employees’ innovative work behaviour

ByMaike Gerken, Gerhard Messmann, Dominik E. Froehlich, Simon A. J. Beausaert, Regina H. Mulder, Mien Segers

chapter 6|34 pages

Vital but neglected

The informal learning of new teachers in Scotland
ByRachel Shanks

chapter 7|19 pages

The potential and paradox of informal learning

ByDavid Boud, Donna Rooney

chapter 8|35 pages

Informal learning at work

What do we know more and understand better?
ByHerman Baert