Learning and ageing well at knowledge-intensive work. A qualitative research synthesis on senior knowledge workers’ learning experiences

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Isopahkala-Bouret , U & Niemi , H 2016 , ' Learning and ageing well at knowledge-intensive work. A qualitative research synthesis on senior knowledge workers’ learning experiences ' , Social Inquiry into Well-Being , vol. 2 , no. 1 , pp. 33-44 . https://doi.org/10.13165/SIIW-16-2-1-03

Title: Learning and ageing well at knowledge-intensive work. A qualitative research synthesis on senior knowledge workers’ learning experiences
Author: Isopahkala-Bouret, Ulpukka; Niemi, Hannele
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
Date: 2016
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Social Inquiry into Well-Being
ISSN: 2351-6682
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/233011
Abstract: The purpose of this research synthesis is to map common themes related to learning of workers aged 50+ in knowledgeintensive professions. The research questions focus on identifying (1) the typical features of learning for senior knowledge workers and (2) what kind of organisational conditions encourage senior knowledge workers to continue learning and contributing to their work community. The techniques of qualitative research synthesis are applied in order to make sense of themes and concepts that have recurred across individual qualitative studies conducted by the group of graduate students at University of Helsinki, Finland, between 2012 and 2015. The findings indicate that self-regulation, continuity, sharing and networking are typical for learning at age 50+. The organisational conditions that enable and support such learning during the late professional career include three main things: senior knowledge workers are involved in and can influence organisational changes; they are actively participating in multi-aged collaboration and they enjoy appreciation of the organisational management. Keywords learning; knowledge work, senior worker; old worker; older employees; ageing
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
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