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ERIC Number: EJ801548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Information Sharing, Self-Directed Learning and Its Implications for Workplace Learning: A Comparison of Business Student Attitudes in Germany and the USA
Beitler, Michael A.; Mitlacher, Lars W.
Journal of Workplace Learning, v19 n8 p526-536 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between self-directed learning readiness (SDLR) of business students in Germany and the USA and their attitudes towards information sharing and to ascertain implications for workplace learning. Design/methodology/approach: This empirical study used a survey research design. Findings: The study finds that surveyed US business students have higher SDLR scores than their German counterparts, implying that they are more self-directed when it comes to learning. In both countries, the higher the SDLR score of a person, the more likely this person is willing to share information. The motivation behind it is primarily to help others. This means that employees with high SDLR scores can support and foster workplace learning as they distribute information more freely. Originality/value: The findings are significant because the relation between SDLR and information sharing, as well as the implications for workplace learning, have not been analyzed in previous studies. Additionally, the international focus of the research adds a cross-cultural perspective to the debate in self-directed learning. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Directed Learning Readiness Scale