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Developing People's Ability to Learn

European Perspectives on Self-Learning Competency and Technological Change- A Study of EUROTECNET (A Community Programme to promote Innovation in Vocational Training Resulting from Technological Change)


Barry Nyhan

New technology has revolutionalised the way business is carried out. It has substantially changed the structure of organisations, leading to a greater degree of autonomy for the workforce. This is having a major impact on the profile of the new European workforce - the «knowledge workers».
A modern technological worker is a self-managing person who possesses, what can be termed, a «self-learning competency». As learning is increasingly being seen by the successful companies as a major strategic weapon, the new enterprise will be a self-learning organisation.
This book contains the results of a European-wide study on innovative approaches to self-learning. It presents a series of insights on a critical issue by: - examining ways in which European Educational and Training Systems can play a role in fostering a highly competent and lifelong learning workforce, and - outlining strategies which can be used by the management of enterprises to bring about the reality of self-learning organisations, which in turn can contribute to a European Self-Learning Community coming into being.
It is essential reading for all those who wish to understand and influence future trends in the world of Human Resource Development.
Contents: Technological Change and the Need for a Self-Learning Workforce: The EUROTECNET Search for a New Learning Paradigm - The Self-Learning Competency Paradigm - Issues Surrounding the New Learning Paradigm: Methodological Issues - Organisational and Management Issues - The Development of European Continuous Learning Systems.