Learning Strategies in a Distance Corporate Course: how do Workers Study?

Thaís Zerbini Gardênia Abbad Luciana Mourão Lara Barros Martins About the authors

Abstract

This research aims to verify the validity of the Learning Strategies Scale (LSS) applied to a distance course (mediated by intranet) in a corporate environment. It also intends to check what learning strategies are used the most by workers in a virtual study environment at work. The evaluated course was offered by a Brazilian bank for its employees, and the LSS was applied to 541 participants. Principal components, exploratory factor analyses, internal consistency, and descriptive analyses were conducted. The results indicated that there were five main factors: Emotion Control, 4 items (α = 0.91); Rehearsal and Organization, 6 items (α = 0.83); Motivation Control, 4 items (α = 0.97); Elaboration, 3 items (α = 0.89); and Comprehension Monitoring, 6 items (α = 0.91). Interpersonal Help-Seeking and Seeking Help from Written Material did not figure as potential factors; this can be explained by the fact that the evaluated course’s design has neither written material nor active tutoring for its participants. The highest averages were concentrated on the items from the factors Elaboration and Emotion Control. These strategies may be ones that individuals use throughout their lives, in their individual studies, and in different educational situations.

Training; Evaluation; Learning Strategies; Distance Education; Corporate Education

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