Learning by starch potato growers: learning in small businesses with no employess

N.R. Faber, L. Maruster, R.J. Jorna, R. van Haren

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In small businesses with no employees, learning environments have a low learning readiness. Consequently, learners need to reply on their own agency to shape their language experiences. Results from a study of agricultural entrepeneurs indicated that the components of motivation and self-regulated learning strategies shape learner's agency and explain learning environment configuration in small businesess with no employees. Configuration of the learning environment was found to be a weak determinant of the learning performance of these learners. However, results showed that prior performance of learners in small businesses with no employees dictates how their agency operates and what learning effect is achieved; higher prior performance results in higher learning effects. We conclude that mechanisms that underlie learning in traditional learning environments work similarly in learning environments in small businesses with no employees.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-539
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Research & Evaluation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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