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ERIC Number: EJ909782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1069-0727
The Link between Age, Career Goals, and Adaptive Development for Work-Related Learning among Local Government Employees
Tones, Megan; Pillay, Hitendra; Kelly, Kathy
Journal of Career Assessment, v19 n1 p92-110 Feb 2011
More recently, lifespan development psychology models of adaptive development have been applied to the workforce to investigate ageing worker and lifespan issues. The current study uses the Learning and Development Survey (LDS) to investigate employee selection and engagement of learning and development goals and opportunities and constraints for learning at work in relation to demographics and career goals. It was found that mature age was associated with perceptions of preferential treatment of younger workers with respect to learning and development. Age was also correlated with several career goals. Findings suggest that younger workers' learning and development options are better catered for in the workplace. Mature aged workers may compensate for unequal learning opportunities at work by studying for an educational qualification or seeking alternate job opportunities. The desire for a higher level job within the organization or educational qualification was linked to engagement in learning and development goals at work. It is suggested that an understanding of employee perceptions in the workplace in relation to goals and activities may be important in designing strategies to retain workers. (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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