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Paul S. Goodman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199738656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738656.001.0001

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Organizational Learning Contracts

Organizational Learning Contracts

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Organizational Learning Contracts

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This chapter delineates the concept of the Organizational Learning Contract (OLC), the intellectual frame for our work. The learning contract represents the beliefs the respective parties hold regarding their duties, responsibilities and expectations of each other in regard to learning. These beliefs are socially shared normative expectations about activities relevant to learning embedded in the organization. The key actors or participants in a learning contract in higher education include professors, students, administrators, alumni and, sometimes, external constituencies. The three elements of the OLC are discussed: Learning Outcomes, Learning Environments, and Organizational Systems. The differences between weak and strong contracts are examined.

Keywords:   learning outcomes, learning environments, organizational systems, strong and weak contracts, OLC consequences

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