ERIC Number: ED352563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-20
Conditions Enhancing Self-Directed Learning in the Workplace. A Report to the Participants.
The appreciative inquiry process was used to identify conditions enhancing self-directed learning. Participants in the project did the following: (1) used the five-step process to identify factors/conditions/forces that seemed to cause self-directed learning to occur; (2) created a matrix by combining the factors/conditions/forces with six variables (purpose, structure, relationships, rewards, leadership, and helpful mechanisms); (3) identified for each cell statements of behaviors that their organizations had undertaken with positive outcomes for learning; (4) wrote a single statement of behavior for each cell that captured the essence of the multiple statements; and (5) consisted whether their organizations do and should do the behavior. The conditions identified were as follows: (1) continuous improvement adopted as an organizational strategy; (2) involving individuals by letting them know how their actions contribute to the organization's goals and that their input is valued; (3) rewards and support for individuals who take responsibility for their own learning; (4) values underlying the organization's structure and purpose that are in harmony with individuals' values; (5) managers who set an example by learning; (6) valuing differences; (7) support for risk-taking; (8) effective communication systems that include a network of all stakeholders, flexible supportive structures and processes, and a supportive culture; (9) fostering collaboration in work and play; (10) encouraging learning by implementing rewards and processes that support creativity and innovation. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adults, Education Work Relationship, Educational Environment, Educational Responsibility, Independent Study, Innovation, Institutional Environment, Organizational Climate, Organizational Development, Quality of Working Life, Role of Education, Student Responsibility, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Appendix A (participant list) is not included.