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The engagement of older employees in self-directed learning

Hendriks, L. (2018) The engagement of older employees in self-directed learning.

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Abstract:Lifelong learning is crucial for employees to remain employable, and self-directed learning is an important part of lifelong learning. This is why the goal of this research was to gain more insight in the self-directed learning of older employees. This study focused on how older employees self-direct their learning, what their self-directed learning attitude is, and what influences the self-directed learning of older employees. To answer these questions insight in the learning of the older employee was obtained by letting them fill in a learning log for five days. After this, a semi-structured follow up interview was conducted. In this interview was asked about the self-directed learning attitude of older employees and more insight was gained in what influences the participation of older employees in self-directed learning experiences. The results of this study showed that older employees mostly did not plan their learning and most of their learning was informal learning. The older employee predominantly had a positive attitude towards self-directed learning. The results regarding the influential factors on the self-directed learning of older employees made clear that there are both personal and organizational factors influencing the self-directed learning of older employees.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Libereaux, Borne, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/76662
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