Research Output

Learning whilst working: perceptions on barriers and enablers to transfer of learning amongst part-time students on a professional MSc programme Education + Training

  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to examine student-learner perceptions of benefits, barriers and enablers in learning whilst working, specifically focussing on learning transfer from a university MSc in Human Resource Management to students’ professional roles as
human resource practitioners.
Design/methodology/approach
The study used in-depth semi-structured interviews with alumni of the programme who
had graduated between one to three years previously.
Findings
The study found benefits (increased self-confidence, credibility and networking skills) as well as unanticipated challenges relating to individual learner characteristics, organisational culture and work-related support that hindered learning transfer.
Research limitations/implications
The study contributes to understanding the mechanisms required to support part-time learners on continuing vocational education programmes from a variety of stakeholders including students, their managers, their university and work colleagues and academic staff. It highlights the benefits of activities designed to help students relate theory to practice and facilitate transfer of knowledge between academic and practitioner environments.
Practical implications
The study highlights learner perspectives that are focussed on how organisational culture and line managers might play a more central role in influencing how people learn at work and facilitate the transfer of learning from formal educational interventions.
Originality/value
The study is valuable to academics and practitioners interested in improving learning transfer from formal educational to professional settings.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    11 February 2019

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1108/ET-04-2018-0098

  • ISSN:

    0040-0912

  • Library of Congress:

    LB2300 Higher Education

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    658 General management

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

D'Annunzio-Green, N., & Barron, P. (2019). Learning whilst working: perceptions on barriers and enablers to transfer of learning amongst part-time students on a professional MSc programme Education + Training. Education and Training, 61(2), 187-200. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-04-2018-0098

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Keywords

learning while working, learning transfer, professional learners, vocational learners,

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