Learning from Errors at Work

  • Christian HarteisEmail author
  • Johannes Bauer
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


The manuscript discusses the issue learning from errors at work by starting from the fallibility of daily life. Errors are unavoidable, hence, employees and enterprises have to develop a way of dealing with errors which avoids their repetition. From a theoretical viewpoint a framework for the analysis of errors is developed which acknowledges psychological theories of acting. On this basis, opportunities for learning from errors can be discussed and connected to theories on workplace learning. Then, the state of empirical research on learning from errors at work is to be discussed. Finally, the manuscript ends with unsolved challenges for empirical field research.


Errors Learning Experience Error culture Action regulation Negative knowledge 


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  1. 1.Institute of Educational ScienceUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany
  2. 2.TUM School of EducationTechnical University of MunichMunichGermany

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