Unit standards and organisational training in the financial services industry.

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dc.contributor.author Master, Linda
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-20T07:59:21Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-20T07:59:21Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/9572
dc.description.abstract This research report investigates the way that course designers in the financial services industry use and engage with unit standards. The origins of unit standards, theories drawn from the sociology of education, and interviews with course developers jointly contribute to understanding how unit standards are received and used within an organisational context. Eight informal interviews were conducted with self-employed course designers, to examine how they use unit standards when developing learning material in business contexts. These interviews indicated that course designers had many issues and concerns regarding these documents. Five course developers working in three large organisations in the financial services industry were further interviewed, formally, to establish how they use and engage with unit standards. The findings from both sets of interviews suggest that unit standards are used in a limited capacity in organisational course development in this industry, because they do not correspond to the training requirements of the respective organisations interviewed. However, unit standards are used in Learnership programmes, because a different training objective is pursued, namely a social justice and redress objective and not a business objective. Although the research indicates that course developers would welcome some kind of standardisation or regulatory system to direct course design, they are opposed to the existing design and structure of unit standards. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Unit standards en_US
dc.subject Learnerships en_US
dc.subject Organisational training en_US
dc.subject Knowledge management en_US
dc.subject Organisational development en_US
dc.title Unit standards and organisational training in the financial services industry. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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