ERIC Number: ED069938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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The Psychology of Keeping Up-To-Date.
Dubin, Samuel S.
Two major factors in updating the skills of professional personnel--motivation and organizational climate--are integral parts of the concept of lifelong education for updating. A principal determinant of motivation is said to be achievement motivation; a professional must be highly motivated in order to maintain competence throughout his career. It is stated that achievement motivation can be developed in persons as well as built into jobs. Organizational climate is defined as organizational and management practices that arouse motivation, condition attitudes, and shape behavior on the part of its members. A high organizational climate is seen as emphasizing the following characteristics: achievement, concern for excellence, emphasis on problem solving, high reputation for work performance, appropriate training, supportive and friendly atmosphere, and initial job orientation. The relationship between supervisor and subordinate is seen as crucial in the professional development of the subordinate. Three types of supervisors are identified: the innovator, the administrator, and the inactive supervisor. On-the-job learning is considered an important variable of organizational climate, as is the stimulation provided by peer interactions as well as interaction with superiors and subordinates. It is believed that a company should have a written policy that requires updating for its employees. (DB)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Adult Learning, Bibliographies, Industrial Personnel, Intergroup Relations, Learning Motivation, On the Job Training, Organizational Climate, Problem Solving, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Personnel, Psychology, Research Reports, Skill Obsolescence, Supervisory Methods
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Note: In press, Chemical Technology, September 1972