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Knowledge CapitalismBusiness, Work, and Learning in the New Economy$
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Alan Burton-Jones

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296225.001.0001

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The Learning Imperative

The Learning Imperative

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(p.198) (p.199) Chapter 10 The Learning Imperative
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Knowledge Capitalism
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Alan Burton-Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296225.003.0010

Work and learning are becoming increasingly interrelated and interdependent and there is now this notion that education should be a preparation for work. The need for a new synthesis of education and industry arises as firms are now more inclined to employ highly-skilled individuals over low-skilled labour. Despite the largely and publicly funded infrastructure for schools, colleges, and universities, it is emphasized that individuals should be learning and practicing critical thought instead of merely being instructed. This chapter looks into past trends regarding the outdated educational models while exploring the potential for new learning technologies and the use of IT in educational processes. The chapter also examines the traditional suppliers of educational services and compares the risks and benefits of these with that of the new suppliers. Lastly, the interrelationships of learning with education and work are also analysed.

Keywords:   labour, education, learning, industry, employment, educational model, new learning technologies, IT, educational services supply

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