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Measuring self-regulated learning in the workplace

Fontana, Rosa Pia; Milligan, Colin; Littlejohn, Allison and Margaryan, Anoush (2015). Measuring self-regulated learning in the workplace. International Journal of Training and Development, 19(1) pp. 32–52.

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In knowledge intensive industries, the workplace has become a key locus of learning. To perform effectively, knowledge workers must be able to take responsibility for their own developmental needs, and in particular, to self-regulate their learning. This paper describes the construction and validation of an instrument (the Self-Regulated Learning at Work Questionnaire: SRLWQ) designed to provide a measure of self-regulated learning behaviour in the workplace. The instrument has been validated through a pilot study with a cohort of knowledge workers from the finance industry (n=170). Results indicate that the five scales of the instrument are reliable and valid, testing a broad range of sub-processes of self-regulated learning. The instrument can be used to identify knowledge workers who demonstrate different levels of self-regulated learning in workplace contexts for further exploration through qualitative studies and could also provide the basis of professional development tools designed to explore opportunities for self-regulation of learning in the workplace.

Item Type: Journal Item
Keywords: workplace learning, self-regulated learning, professional learning
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Item ID: 51290
Depositing User: Allison Littlejohn
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 12:24
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 09:11
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