English title dissertation Working = Learning. A complexity approach to workplace learning within residential care for older people
Name PhD (surname first) Snoeren, Miranda
Doctor is (has been) nurse
Date of promotion 01/07/2015
University VU medisch centrum
Promotores Tineke A. Abma; Theo J.H. Niessen
Linkedin-account linkedin.com
Researchgate-url researchgate.net
Abstract (English)

To adequately deal with the challenges faced within residential care for older people, such as the increasing complexity of care and a call for more person-centred practices, it is important that health care providers learn from their work. Miranda Snoeren investigated both the nature of learning, among staff and students working within care for older people, and how workplace learning can be promoted and researched.
During a longitudinal study within a nursing home, participatory and democratic research methods were used to collaborate with stakeholders to improve the quality of care and to promote learning in the workplace. The rich descriptions of these processes show that workplace learning is a complex phenomenon. It arises continuously in reciprocal relationship with all those present through which both individuals and environment change and co-evolve enabling enlargement of the space for possible action.
This complexity perspective on learning refines and expands conventional beliefs about workplace learning and has implications for advancing and researching learning. It explains that research on workplace learning is itself a form of learning that is aimed at promoting and accelerating learning. Such research requires dialogic and creative methods.
Miranda's study illustrates that workplace learning has the potential to develop new shared values and ways of working, but that such processes and outcomes are difficult to control. It offers inspiration for educators, supervisors, managers and researchers as to promoting conditions that embrace complexity and provides insight into the role and position of self in such processes.

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