Professional development using informal learning networks : an empirical study in Australia’s digital content industry

Campana, Joe (2012) Professional development using informal learning networks : an empirical study in Australia’s digital content industry. In The Value and Voice of VET Research for Individuals, Industry, Community and the Nation : Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association 15th Annual Conference, 12-13 April 2012, Rydges Capital Hill, ACT.

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Informal learning networks play a key role in the skill and professional development of professionals working in micro-businesses within Australia’s digital content industry as they do not necessarily have access to a learning and development or a human resources section that can assist in mapping their learning pathway. Professionals working in this environment would typically adopt an informal learning approach to their skill and professional development by utilising their social and business networks.

The overall aim of this PhD research project is to study how these professionals manage their skill and professional development, and to explore what role informal learning networks play in this professional learning context. This paper will describe the theme of the research project and how it fits with previous research and other relevant studies. Secondly, it will present the study’s research focus, and the research questions. It will also present relevant theories and perspectives, and the methods for empirical data collection. Data collection will be through three distinct phases using a mixed methods research design: an online survey, interviews, and case studies. It should be noted the findings presented in this paper offer some early results of the research project.

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ID Code: 58978
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780980527537
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 09 Apr 2013 01:46
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2013 05:13

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