Project-based learning in organizations: Towards a methodology for learning in groups

R.F. Poell, F.J. van der Krogt

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This article introduces a methodology for employees in organizations to set up and carry out their own group learning projects. It is argued that employees can use project-based learning to make their everyday learning more systematic at times, without necessarily formalizing it. The article emphasizes the specific characteristics that distinguish learning projects from other projects: a focus on the learner rather than the leader, on execution rather than planning, on continuation rather than output, on diversity rather than optimal-solution thinking. Three phases in the creation of a learning project are described: orientation, learning and optimizing, and continuation. Four ideal types of learning project are distinguished: a liberal-contractual, vertical-regulated, horizontal-organic, and external-collegiate type. The various phases and types can be used by employees (plus managers and educators) to create learning projects that fit their specific work situation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-228
JournalThe Journal of Workplace Learning
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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