This paper reports the findings of an investigation to determine whether guided workplace learning can assist the development of skills and knowledge required for workplace performance. Previous work proposes that participation in everyday work activities make significant contributions to the development of individuals’ vocational knowledge (Billett 1993, 1994a, 1994b, 1996, Harris et al 1996, Harris & Volet 1997). Engagement in authentic workplace activities, and the direct and indirect guidance available in everyday participation in the workplaces were identified as the bases of these contributions.
My question relates to the top quote.
I have to read some scientific papers on the topic "Workplace learning" and I struggle with the exact meaning of "work activities" in this quote.
I guess one possibility would be that it relates to activities you usually do at work (e.g. write articles, organize stuff, make coffee, ...) and by doing those activities rather than doing something else would improve your skills over time.
Another meaning that comes to my mind would be that the author means something like participating in regular work-related activities (e.g. exercises, discussions in groups about topic xyz) would improve your skills, so in general that activities would be learning activities instead of just applying already known knowledge as it would be the case in guess no.1.
I hope you can help me out with this.