A study for developing an instrument to measure adult learning in human resource development Academic Article uri icon


  • This study developed an instrument that measures adult learning levels through the perspective of lifelong learning so that the instrument can be used in human resource development(HRD). A comprehensive literature review and the Delphi survey allowed four key elements of adult learning and 60 items for measuring them to identify. Through a survey that was conducted on 452 employees who work at business organizations, the items were statistically verified. The analysis resulted in the identification of four key elements of adult learning including ‘the ability to make meaning,’ ‘the capacity of conscious communication,’ ‘the power of execution,’ and ‘the capacity of reformatting’and the development of an instrument to measure the elements of adult learning having a total of 31 items. This study contributes to expand perspectives on adult learning used in existing HRD. Moreover, the result of this study has significance for HRD in that the study creates and verifies an available instrument to measure adult learning levels from the viewpoint of lifelong learning in the practice. Practitioners will still have to be cautious in using the instrument’s results. Further studies in multiple organizational settings will be needed in order to achieve better validity and reliability of the instrument.

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Educational Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Bahng, J., & Kim, J.

complete list of authors

  • Bahng, J||Kim, J

publication date

  • January 1, 2014 11:11 AM