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ERIC Number: EJ1006033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Examining the Learning Intentions of Low-Qualified Employees: A Mixed Method Study
Kyndt, Eva; Govaerts, Natalie; Keunen, Loes; Dochy, Filip
Journal of Workplace Learning, v25 n3 p178-197 2013
Purpose: While the professional learning of high-qualified employees has received a lot of attention, research that focuses on low-qualified employees is limited. The purpose of this study is to investigate the learning intention of low-qualified employees as a proximal determinant of their actual participation in learning activities. Design/methodology/approach: This study applied a mixed method approach. The quantitative part of the section applied a cross-sectional survey design. In total 673 low-qualified participants completed the questionnaire. Regression and ANOVA analyses were calculated to answer the research questions. For the qualitative part of this study, 14 low-qualified employees were interviewed. These interviews were transcribed and encoded by means of descriptive coding and open coding, and split up into different categories using NVivo 8 software. Findings: The results show that self-directedness in career processes and financial satisfaction are positively related to the learning intentions of low-qualified employees. The qualitative part of the research shows that low-qualified employees primarily relate learning to formal learning activities, and that learning has a negative connotation for them due to prior negative experiences related to school learning. Research limitations/implications: The quantitative part of the research only considers formal learning, whereas the qualitative part of the research also allowed a discussion of informal learning experiences. Because of the negative connotation that low-qualified employees attach to learning, it seems that semi-structured interviews did not yield as much information as expected. Originality/value: Besides investigating possible antecedents of low-qualified employees' learning intentions, this research also explores what learning means for this group of employees, who traditionally have an educational background that is filled with negative experiences. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium