’Students from the various healthcare professions should find this book of interest and it will certainly provoke self-reflection and a need to research further information.
Title: Becoming a learner in the workplace
Author: Mark Wareing
Publisher: Quay books
Reviewer: Michael.J.McGivern, nursing tutor, Northland, New Zealand
What was it like?
This concise & compact recently published textbook has a modern informative feel to it and has a clear and easy to understand layout. The text is written by Dr Mark Wareing who is a director or practice learning and a registered nurse in the UK. The book appears to be aimed at students from a healthcare background but its contents appear to be appropriate for tertiary level students in a range of professions. Frequent reference is made to two fictitious students throughout the text, one being on the Bachelor of Nursing programme and the other undertaking a health and social care degree. The use of these vignette’s involving these students, assists the reader in linking the theory to practice and helps clarify some of the terms and explanations. The eight chapters all appear to be based on two main themes, which are practice-based and work-based learning. The author has provided a good deal of discussion relating to these concepts.
What were the highlights?
This book is easy to read and comprehend and makes good use of in-text activities and key points. It is much aimed at students who are just beginning placements and are trying to develop learning & developing strategies to support them during the placement. A good appropriate reflective tool has been outlined by the author entitled ”Me, My, More, Must approach to learning”, which appears to provide the student with an effective method of reflecting both on their learning and practice. Good reference is made within the book to topical learning issues such as having conversations that matter, using feedback effectively, self-negotiated and autonomous learning and opportunistic learning. The principle focus of this compact book is to enable the reader to develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of practice and work-based learning and to empower the student to become fully equipped to manage and develop their own learning activities within the workplace.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The author has attempted to provide the reader with a concise overview of the issues relating to “becoming a learner in the workplace” and has divided the eight chapters up into 126 pages. The book provides the reader with a good description relating to the concept being described such as “Being at work and working for an organisation”, but the student may feel that it is lacking slightly in relation to actual practical related guidelines and suggestions that a student new to tertiary education may be seeking. The book is short enough to allow the reader to re-visit a chapter again if they require to obtain a greater depth of understanding.
Who should read it?
Students from the various healthcare professions should find this book of interest and it will certainly provoke self-reflection and a need to research further information. Tutors may find the resource helpful by assisting them to develop a greater understanding of students learning and development needs.
becoming a learner in the workplace