A1 Journal article (refereed)
Self‐Directed Learning in Creative Activity : An Ethnographic Study in Technology‐Based Work (2021)

Lemmetty, S., & Collin, K. (2021). Self‐Directed Learning in Creative Activity : An Ethnographic Study in Technology‐Based Work. Journal of Creative Behavior, 55(1), 105-119. https://doi.org/10.1002/jocb.438

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All authors or editors: Lemmetty, Soila; Collin, Kaija

Journal or series: Journal of Creative Behavior

ISSN: 0022-0175

eISSN: 2162-6057

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 55

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 105-119

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jocb.438

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72632


Under conditions of rapid changes in working life, there is an urgent need to examine the nature of creativity and learning in organizations. The aim of this study was to investigate the nature of self‐directed learning (SDL) practices in creative activity in technology‐based work. We focus on both individual and collective practices but also on the importance of organizational culture. The data consist of 46 interviews and observational field notes collected from participating organizations. Thematic and ethnographic analyses were utilized as tools to reveal the nature of SDL in creative activity. We found three themes describing of the nature of SDL in creative activity: a combination of individual and collective action, solving common problems through dialogue and discussions, and the organizational culture framing SDL in creative activity. Based on the findings, we provided support for that SDL in creative activity is manifested as a socio‐cultural phenomenon and SDL practices are intertwined with creative activity. We discovered organization cultural frames that can support the realization of SDL and creative activity in working life. However, more research on the relationship between these phenomena and the conditions for their realization is needed.

Keywords: learning; self-direction; creativity; creative activity; technology; computer-assisted learning; ethnography

Free keywords: self‐directed learning; creative activity; technology organization; ethnography

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Reporting Year: 2021

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