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ERIC Number: EJ845944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Learning Conditions for Non-Formal and Informal Workplace Learning
Kyndt, Eva; Dochy, Filip; Nijs, Hanne
Journal of Workplace Learning, v21 n5 p369-383 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this research paper is to investigate the presence of learning conditions for non-formal and informal workplace learning in relation to the characteristics of the employee and the organisation he or she works for. Design/methodology/approach: The questionnaire developed by Clauwaert and Van Bree on learning conditions was administered to 1,162 employees of 31 different organisations. An explorative factor analysis was performed to reduce the number of variables and to look for underlying constructs in the data. Second, a series of analyses of variance were calculated in order to be able to compare the factors in different kinds of groups of employees. Findings: The authors concluded that for the five learning conditions that were identified in this research, different kinds of groups of employees have different chances for non-formal and informal learning. These learning conditions are "feedback and knowledge acquisition", "new learning approach and communication tools", "being coached", "coaching others", and "information acquisition". Originality/value: The value of this research is that it has shown that characteristics of the employee and his or her organisation have a relationship with the presence of learning conditions or chances for non-formal and informal workplace learning. Moreover, this research included all kinds of employees and not only those responsible for training and education in the organisation. This research focused on conceptions and perceptions of "regular" employees. (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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