© 2012

Learning at the Crossroads of Theory and Practice

Research on Innovative Learning Practices

  • Piet Van den Bossche
  • Wim H. Gijselaers
  • Richard G. Milter

Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Integrating Theory and Practice in Business Education

  3. Workplace Learning

  4. Classroom Enrichment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Ilona Ebbers, Klaas Macha, Hans-Jürgen Schlösser, Michael Schuhen
      Pages 129-139
    3. Núria Hernández Nanclares, Bart Rienties, Piet Van den Bossche
      Pages 157-175
  5. Bridging the Gap

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Venkat V. S. S. Sastry, Piers MacLean
      Pages 179-197
    3. Dirk T. Tempelaar, Bart Rienties, Bas Giesbers, Sybrand Schim van der Loeff
      Pages 199-222
    4. Bernadette Pol
      Pages 223-233
  6. Edineb-News

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235

About this book


Core concepts in education are changing. For example, professional performance or expertise is not uniquely the fruit of specialist knowledge acquired at professional schools, but the sum of influences exerted by a complex web of continuous learning opportunities for which an individual is well (or ill) prepared by their schools and their workplace. The key contributory factors to professional expertise are how professional schools connect to professional practice, how schools prepare graduates for continuous learning, and how the workplace endorses continuous development. Thus, the question this volume addresses—how to design learning and working environments that facilitate the integration of these three elements—is at the heart of contemporary pedagogical theory. The authors also ask a second vital question: how do we educate learners that go on to maximize their life’s learning opportunities by regulating their own ongoing learning?

Learning at the Crossroads of Theory and Practice argues that with the theory of learning at a crossroads, this is an unprecedented opportunity for learning about learning. The book sheds light on different elements of this challenge: integrating theory and practice in business education, generating and fully exploiting workplace learning opportunities, and enriching our classrooms by coupling theoretical knowledge with the richness of real-life experience.


business education curriculum development design educational environments design learning environments design work environments educate learners higher education how professional schools connect to professional practice how schools prepare graduates for continuous learning how the workplace endorses continuous development practical knowledge and experience professional performance remedial education theoretical knowledge workplace learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Piet Van den Bossche
    • 1
  • Wim H. Gijselaers
    • 2
  • Richard G. Milter
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Education and InformationAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Maastricht University, Dept. of Educational ResearchSchool of Business and EconomicsMaastrichtNetherlands
  3. 3.The Johns Hopkins Carey Business SchoolBaltimoreUSA

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