Gibbons, A and Shannon, E, Tertiary study: Barriers and benefits for health and human services professionals, Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 53, (3) pp. 436-456. ISSN 1443-1394 (2013) [Refereed Article]
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Results from two 2012 surveys exploring the barriers and benefits of tertiary study for staff within the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services suggest that encouraging staff engagement with further study benefits both the individual and the organisation. Respondents reported improved job performance, increased self-esteem and motivation to learn. Barriers associated with limited time and competing demands impacted on staff ability to access information about study options. In this context, workplace and management support for study was identified as a crucial enabler.
The investigative process of this study has been made explicit in order to encourage replication by other researchers. This mixed-methods research was informed by the ‘three capitals’ approach in order to examine the personal, social and economic benefits of learning. The relative weakness of benefits associated with social capital in the results reflects the experience of these part-time mature-age students employed in a professionally demanding sector.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||adult learners, three capitals, tertiary study, health and human services, Tasmania|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Health Care Administration|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Group:||Other Education and Training|
|Objective Field:||Workforce Transition and Employment|
|UTAS Author:||Gibbons, A (Miss Amy Gibbons)|
|UTAS Author:||Shannon, E (Dr Elizabeth Shannon)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||2|
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