Loading in 2 Seconds...
Loading in 2 Seconds...
Informal learning activities of older trainers at work. Background and Research questions. Demographic development Population ageing Growing demand for qualified workers Participation in formal training decreases with increasing age Demand for lifelong learning Research questions
(2) What are the differences in the answers concerning learning activities of older and younger trainers?
Informal learningis a process, thatcanbedeliberate, reactiveorimplicit, thatleadstocompetencies (and not to formal qualifications). Ithappensindividuallyorsocially, outside organizedlearningsettings. Itisinfluencedby individual characteristicsandcharacteristicsofthecontext (jobandorganization).
Questions concerning their workplace
2. Learning activities:
“Please imagine that a client shows up after he joined your training/ workshop/ course. He criticizes the content and structure of the course”
“How would you act?”
“Why did you act that way?”
Questions concerning career, future development, age
- Transcription of the recorded interviews
- Length: between 19.01 and 93.37 minutes
- Qualitative content analysis
- Category system as basis
1.Reported answer: “…well one can say that you get more perspectives then and that one can compare the perspectives afterwards and what is important of course to come to a common opinion within the group”.
2. Paraphrase: “asking colleagues to get to a socially shared opinion”.
3. Cluster: “Asking colleagues and supervisors”.
Talking to the criticizing person, directly initiate a solution
Discussing with others (colleagues or supervisors)
Quotes (younger trainer):
“Therefore I meet with my supervisor, in order to get feedback from her. She told me, that I would be able to manage the upcoming tasks. So she supported me that way”
“After that one would discuss the situation in the team, so one could see how colleagues think about it.”
“Now, I can assess a situation quite well. I know what to do to be successful.”
“Ähm, I have to be the authority at my workplace.”
“Usually it is a little bit of insecurity. This will be clarified by my supervisor.”
“Then I rely on the opinion of my supervisor to see what`s possible.”
Cluster of reported learning activities of older and younger trainers (N=22)
- cognitive (58) and physical activities (181)
Cognitive activities “
reflecting about possible solutions” (21), reflecting about critical situations or problems” (12) and “reflecting about information or prior knowledge” (7)
“direct discussion with the criticizing person” (40), “discussion with colleagues and supervisors” (40) and “research on the critical situation” (18).