The main aim of the WBL e-Journal is to disseminate ideas about work-based learning to professional and academic communities internationally. The e-Journal provides free and open access to all readers through the internet. There is no subscription fee and interested readers can read, download, print, search or link to the full text of articles in this journal.
The Work Based Learning e-Journal accepts both peer reviewed contributions and papers focusing upon work in progress and commentary on key themes associated with Work Based Learning. This bi-annual journal with issues produced in January and July, welcomes contributions on policy development and critique, current and ongoing research and professional practice issues for those engaged broadly in the field of work based learning. This includes practitioners and theorists in professional education and training, Lifelong Learning and Development, Human Resource Management, Organisation Development and Management, and Further and Higher Education practitioners. The journal is also relevant to those involved in the community and voluntary sectors as well as trade unions and political bodies including peace and emancipatory studies. There is potential for the scope and understanding of work based learning to also include those involved in systems thinking, strategic analysis and corporate governance.
The journal welcomes papers that document research including theoretical and empirical studies in addition to more reflective contributions. New and adaptations to existing research approaches, philosophical perspectives and paradigms are encouraged. Of particular interest are articles that examine work based learning from the position of multiple stakeholders including employers, educators, work based learners and other employees, and the impact on work culture and the wider society.
The values, methods and constructions of people who are engaged in a variety of productive activities are recognised and their contribution to knowledge is taken seriously. This may encompass voluntary, cooperative and spiritual pursuits, together with those who are economically active, both for profit and not for profit within the public and private sectors.
Possible topics for exploration could involve knowledge management and power within organisations; the position of the individual and opportunities for learning and reflective self-development that can inform practice; Leadership and followership and the potential for transformative change, based upon critical and analytical interrogation of praxis; the nature, role and influence of professional, regulatory and mediatory bodies in building convivial work based learning relationships.
Global corporations and organisations, small and medium sized firms, professional bodies, employer and employee associations, government departments and agencies and education and training institutions are repositioning their roles in terms of ownership and construction of knowledge. All such knowledge constructions are worthy of critical exploration with the potential for understanding new and emerging forms of social capital and exchange.
Mindful of the potential for more in-depth work related research and understanding, this journal actively encourages further debate around the perspectives of gender relationships, age, equality and ethnicity based themes. Contributions are invited from novice and established researchers and practitioners, educationalists, and decision makers. Please feel free to contact the editorial team if you would like to discuss a specific theme. Enquiries can be sent to the Journal Administrator [firstname.lastname@example.org]. We look forward to hearing from you!
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