Determinants, benefits and barriers of informal learning in the Netherlands

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    Abstract

    Lifelong learning (LLL) is a focal point of Dutch policy in relation to innovation, economic growth and social-cohesion. Prerequisite for LLL policy and implementation is knowledge of LLL participation of the working age population (18–64 years). Problem is that policy makers, government agencies and learning institutions only know the extent for formal LLL and not informal LLL. This contribution represents the first large-scale study of participation in barriers for and benefits of LLL in the Netherlands. It presents data from an on-line survey which yielded 520 qualified responses from the Dutch labour force. Results show that younger workers make more use of LLL than older workers and those with higher levels of formal education participate more than those with lower levels. Perceived outcomes include better job performance, keeping up with new knowledge, and better performance of new, job-related tasks. Barriers include lack of time, inconvenient time and place of LLL activities, cost of LLL activities, and a lack of employer support.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLearning at the crossroads of theory and practice
    Subtitle of host publicationResearch on innovative learning practices
    EditorsPiet van den Bossche, Wim H. Gijselaers, Richerd G. Milter
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    PublisherSpringer Business and Media
    Chapter7
    Pages93-110
    Number of pages18
    Volume4
    ISBN (Print)978-94-007-2845-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Business Education and Training
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume4

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    informal learning
    lifelong learning
    Netherlands
    determinants
    young worker
    job performance
    participation
    lack
    social cohesion
    government agency
    online survey
    labor force
    employer
    economic growth
    innovation
    worker

    Keywords

    • Informal learning
    • The Netherlands

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    Caniëls, M., & Kirschner, P. A. (2012). Determinants, benefits and barriers of informal learning in the Netherlands. In P. van den Bossche, W. H. Gijselaers, & R. G. Milter (Eds.), Learning at the crossroads of theory and practice: Research on innovative learning practices (Vol. 4, pp. 93-110). (Advances in Business Education and Training; Vol. 4). Dordrecht: Springer Business and Media.
    Caniëls, Marjolein ; Kirschner, Paul A. / Determinants, benefits and barriers of informal learning in the Netherlands. Learning at the crossroads of theory and practice: Research on innovative learning practices. editor / Piet van den Bossche ; Wim H. Gijselaers ; Richerd G. Milter. Vol. 4 Dordrecht : Springer Business and Media, 2012. pp. 93-110 (Advances in Business Education and Training).
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    Caniëls, M & Kirschner, PA 2012, Determinants, benefits and barriers of informal learning in the Netherlands. in P van den Bossche, WH Gijselaers & RG Milter (eds), Learning at the crossroads of theory and practice: Research on innovative learning practices. vol. 4, Advances in Business Education and Training, vol. 4, Springer Business and Media, Dordrecht, pp. 93-110.

    Determinants, benefits and barriers of informal learning in the Netherlands. / Caniëls, Marjolein; Kirschner, Paul A.

    Learning at the crossroads of theory and practice: Research on innovative learning practices. ed. / Piet van den Bossche; Wim H. Gijselaers; Richerd G. Milter. Vol. 4 Dordrecht : Springer Business and Media, 2012. p. 93-110 (Advances in Business Education and Training; Vol. 4).

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