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Self-directed learning at the workplace among healthcare professionals

Kläser, N. (2018) Self-directed learning at the workplace among healthcare professionals.

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Abstract:Developments in healthcare demand healthcare professionals to develop skills which enhance life-long and self-directed learning (SDL). Being aware of learning and learning opportunities the workplace offers will in the future be crucial in order to meet the demands of healthcare. The ongoing developments also lead to the introduction of different function profiles for nurses with a different level of education. The aim of the current study is to broaden current knowledge of both awareness of learning at the workplace and self-directed learning at the workplace among nurses. Based on the insights, learning processes can be unraveled and implications on how to improve self-directed learning can be made. 12 nurses participated in this qualitative study. Learning logs and semi-structured interviews were used. Results have shown that awareness of learning experiences and opportunities is present but can be improved in order to broaden nurses’ perspective of learning. The second facet (planning)of SDL is mostly missing, which indicates that improvement can be made here. There were slight differences between the two occupational groups; higher educated nurses reported more learning experiences and slightly more informal learning opportunities. Due to the small sample generalizability of results is limited. Attempts of facilitating nurses in the learning process should focus on awareness of learning and the planning phase of learning.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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