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ERIC Number: ED471302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 23
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Self-Direction in Organizations: An Instrument for the Assessment of Learner and Employee Initiative.
Donaghy, Robert C.
A new scale for self-directed learning oriented toward learners in academic settings and in other environments such as the workplace was developed. Participants were employees of a southeastern state. To obtain reliability estimates, items were developed that asked questions about the employee's behavior in the work environment. Validity was established through separate scales concurrently developed to measure behavior toward volunteering and continuing education. The developed test was designed to demonstrate the degree to which learners and employees exhibit behavior consistent with being a "self-starter," or what scholars would call "self-directed behavior." Approximately 82% of the participants tended to exhibit this behavior. Initiative, or what really should be called self-direction, is nothing more than taking personal responsibility for ones success, and it is likely to impact the problem solving behavior of learners and employees favorably. (Contains 7 figures and 19 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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