Terrie Lynn Thompson

Informal Learning and the Older Professional Worker: Learning Practices, Challenges and Supports (2010)

This document outlines a study designed to examine the informal learning practices of older professional workers, defined as those aged 50 and older.

Using interviews and a questionnaire, researchers focused specifically on Certified Management Accountants (CMAs), who are required to update their education continually, and who increasingly tend to work past the age of 65.

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Learning on the edge: Connecting people and l(e)arning in the everyday to policy and practice possibilities (2006)

In this paper, the author explores how self-employed contractors and consultants can and do participate in informal learning.

Specifically, the author focuses on whether these workers use web-based technology to tap into online communities with similar interests. Such communities may be particularly valuable for self-employed workers, who often find formal training neither accessible nor feasible.

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