The Work and Learning Special Interest Group (SIG) undertakes research in professional practice and change in work. It engages in practice-based research and knowledge co-creation between the University and the public, private and voluntary sectors. The SIG also operates as the Work and Learning Research Centre (WLRC), which you can read more about by clicking here.
Our vision is:
- To lead, nationally and internationally, in practice-based research and learning in work.
- To be the centre of choice for research, development and consultancy within our focus areas.
- To be a key constituent of the Middlesex University excellence in innovation in research and development in professional learning.
Our research falls into four areas:
- Approaches to pedagogy and curriculum development for work-based learners and professional practice research, including learning interventions within the workplace. Specifically the study of the processes and underpinning frameworks that enhance and embed organisational and individual learning in the work place to improve performance and impact. These frameworks include conceptualising change in work and the use of innovative and responsive methodologies for practitioner-research.
- Theoretical and Ethical Aspects of Practice-Based Studies. Bringing philosophical ideas to bear on professional developmental issues including transdisciplinarity ethics, values, and epistemologies of change.
- Approaches to Change and Development in Work
- Policy and Work Based Learning, Work-integrated Learning and Degree Apprenticeships
Please contact us for consultancy, programme development and evaluation in these areas. Previous clients include organisations like Toshiba, Nationwide US and Unilever, Consalia.
We hold yearly seminars and events for the research community.