Work-based learning: Development and validation of a scale measuring the learning potential of the workplace (LPW)

Irina Nikolova, Joris van Ruysseveldt, Hans De Witte, Jef Syroit

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The current study presents a multi-dimensional scale measuring the learning potential of the workplace (LPW), which is applicable across various occupational settings. Based on a comprehensive literature review, we establish four theoretically relevant dimensions of work-based learning, which together constitute the learning potential of the workplace. The psychometric characteristics of our instrument were examined among a sample of Dutch employees working in different organizations (N = 1013). In this study, we tested the factorial structure and validity of the LPW-scale by conducting Confirmatory Factor Analyses, testing for measurement invariance and determining the scale's reliability. Subsequently, the LPW-instrument was cross-validated using SEM (AMOS 20.0). Furthermore, convergent, divergent, and construct validity were investigated. The results empirically supported the theory based four-factor structure of the LPW-scale and provided solid evidence for the sound psychometric properties of the study's instrument.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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