LIFELONG LEARNING: THE VIEWS ON THE FACTORS PREVENTING AND INCREASING EMPLOYEE PARTICIPATION

Abstract

Author(s): Murtaza AYKAÇ

The aim of the study was to identify the factors preventing and increasing the participation of employees in lifelong learning activities. This research aiming to identify the factors that prevent and increase the participation of employees in lifelong learning activities is descriptive. The participants of the research having a descriptive notion consisted of 510 people working in Ankara. The data of the study were collected with a 39-item questionnaire. The percentages and frequencies of the responses to the questionnaire, which reflected the factors preventing and increasing the participation in lifelong learning activities, were determined. According to the findings, 53.7% of the participants did not take part in such activities because of the work and other pressures; 11% of them did not have such an opportunity in the vicinity of the work; 59.2% of them stated that their physical health was not suitable for such activities. On the other hand, in the financial factors that could increase the participation of the participants in the lifelong learning activities, 48.6% of the participants would agree to take part in lifelong learning activities if the participation fee to the trainings was lower. The participants also claimed to take part in the activities if they could get permission from work (33.1%), if the activities were in the evening (53.3%), if they could get expert advice on which course/learning project would be the most suitable for him/her. Furthermore, 23.5 % expressed that if the support was given, they would take part in the reading and writing courses. Adult learners often combine learning activities with other living areas such as work and/or family responsibilities. For this reason, designing flexible learning activities is extremely important. In light of the research results, it may be advisable to prepare and implement supportive programs to increase and diversify the participation of employees in lifelong learning activities.

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