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The Workplace as Educator


by Marvin Feldman 1985

There are generally three types of workplace education: the largely unstructured experience of working; the more or less structured training or education in processes and products specific to the company; and training or education in more general principles or practices that are in some way necessary to the job but are also transferable to other jobs and other pursuits. Clearly the experience of working is itself a learning experience. We see universal evidence of this in the widespread requirement of experience as a condition of employment. When Henry Ford told his recruiters not to discriminate in hiring, he was expressing his conviction that everyone was equally inexperienced in the new requirements of assembly-line production. But now, work experience is almost always desirable and often imperative.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 84, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 86 Number 5, 1985, p. 102-113
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19108, Date Accessed: 9/24/2017 4:30:42 AM

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  • Marvin Feldman
    Fashion Institute of Technology
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    MARVIN FELDMAN is the president of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
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