Title
Development and validation of a questionnaire on informal workplace learning outcomes : a study among socio-educational care workers Development and validation of a questionnaire on informal workplace learning outcomes : a study among socio-educational care workers
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
British journal of social work. - London
Volume/pages
44(2014) :8 , p. 2391-2410
ISSN
0045-3102
ISI
000346050900020
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Lifelong learning has become a necessity for individuals employability and a source of sustainable competitive advantage for organisations. Learning does not only occur through education and training, informal learninglearning from engagement in daily work-related activitiesis considered an important source for establishing a sustainable change aimed at achieving individual and organisational goals. The purpose of this study is to develop and validate a measurement instrument of informal workplace learning outcomes focusing on socio-educational care workers. Due to their constantly changing profession, continuous learning has become a necessity. After the construction of the questionnaire on socio-educational care workers informal workplace learning outcomes, data were collected by means of an online questionnaire (N ¼ 1,186). These data were randomly divided into two data sets. An exploratory factor analysis was conducted on the first data set (n ¼ 593) to provide insight into the latent factors underpinning the questionnaire. Three factors were derived: generic, jobspecific and organisational-level learning outcomes. Following, a confirmatory factor analysis was conducted on the second dataset (n ¼ 593) to validate the retrieved structure. The results reflect a good fit between the proposed three-factor model and the observed data. Future research perspectives within the field of social work are discussed.
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