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ERIC Number: EJ1140660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3736
Development and Validation of a Scale Measuring Approaches to Work-Related Informal Learning
Froehlich, Dominik E.; Beausaert, Simon; Segers, Mien
International Journal of Training and Development, v21 n2 p130-144 Jun 2017
Social approaches to work-related informal learning, such as proactive feedback-seeking, help-seeking and information-seeking, are important determinants of development in the workplace. Unfortunately, previous research has failed to clearly conceptualize these forms of learning and does not provide a validated and generally applicable measurement instrument. We set out to develop and validate such a scale measuring social approaches to work-related informal learning. We collected data in four organizations in Austria and the Netherlands, with a total sample size of 895 employees. These data were used to conduct exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, which showed four distinct factors: feedback-seeking from the supervisor, feedback-seeking from colleagues, help-seeking and information-seeking. In conclusion, the scale we developed is valid in a range of contexts and thus is an appropriate tool for research as well as human resource development practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Netherlands
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