ERIC Number: EJ1032556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
Trainees' Perceived Knowledge Gain Unrelated to the Training Domain: The Joint Action of Impression Management and Motives
Chiaburu, Dan S.; Huang, Jason L.; Hutchins, Holly M.; Gardner, Richard G.
International Journal of Training and Development, v18 n1 p37-52 Mar 2014
Trainees' knowledge gains represent an important outcome in human resource development. In this research, we tested a model examining the joint influence of social desirability (impression management, self-deception) and motives (need for power, need for approval) on trainees' self-reported knowledge gain. We conducted a study with respondents who reported information related to individual differences and took a training program and reported their knowledge gain in domains that were both related and unrelated to the training program. Trainee unrelated knowledge gain was a function of the "joint" influence of individual "predispositions" (to impression manage or engage in self-deception) and "motives" (need for power, approval). Our findings suggest that impression management and self-deception are insufficient to influence respondents' reports of unrelated knowledge but do yield predictable patterns when examined with respondents' motives. We discuss these results and implications for human resource development research and practice.
Descriptors: Trainees, Knowledge Level, Achievement Gains, Labor Force Development, Social Desirability, Motivation, Measurement Techniques, Individual Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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