A survey was conducted to describe the informal workplace learning experiences of 318 public school teachers and HRD professionals. Analysis of the data found that teachers rely to a greater extent on interactive learning activities while HRD professionals rely to a greater extent on independent learning activities. Both professional groups reported that two environmental factors frequently inhibit their engagement in informal learning activities: a lack of time and a lack of proximity to colleagues' work areas. Three additional environmental factors were found to inhibit HRD professionals from engaging in informal learning: an unsupportive organizational culture, the unwillingness of others to participate in informal learning activities, and the inaccessibility of subject matter experts. One additional environmental inhibitor was found for teachers: a lack of funds. Seven personal characteristics were found to enhance the motivation of both professional groups to engage in informal learning: initiative, self-efficacy, love of learning, interest in the profession, commitment to professional development, a nurturing personality, and an outgoing personality. Implications of these findings for HRD theory, research, and practice are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management