Workplace learning environment and its relationship with learning outcomes in healthcare organisations

Clarke, Nicholas (2005) Workplace learning environment and its relationship with learning outcomes in healthcare organisations. Human Resource Development International, 8, (2), 185-205. (doi:10.1080/13678860500100228).


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Increasingly the importance of developing an appropriate learning environment in order to foster workplace learning is dominating organizational agendas. Yet much of the literature often lacks empirical support to underpin those conditions suggested as comprising an effective learning climate or suffers conceptually from failing to specify more clearly the nature of workplace learning. As a result, it is difficult to explain how or why differing aspects of an organization's learning environment should influence particular learning outcomes.

Findings presented here demonstrate that (1) a supportive training and development infrastructure, (2) empowerment and effective communication, (3) opportunities for reflection and job challenge and (4) opportunities for formal and informal learning are associated with different types of learning outcomes associated with either workplace learning or training. The results suggest that, dependent on the types of learning outcomes desired by organizations, different aspects of the workplace environment are likely to be important in fostering an effective learning climate.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13678860500100228
ISSNs: 1367-8868 (print)
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Keywords: learning climate, workplace learning
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 36220
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2005Published
Date Deposited: 22 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:04

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