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ERIC Number: EJ964981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Perceived Openness of Climate during Training and Transfer Motivation: Testing Two Short and Simple Interventions
Kastenmuller, Andreas; Frey, Dieter; Kerschreiter, Rudolf; Tattersall, Andrew J.; Traut-Mattausch, Eva; Fischer, Peter
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v64 n2 p211-225 2012
Transfer of soft skills (e.g. communication skills) to work situations is one of the most important outcomes of training. However, research suggests that there is less than optimal transfer of training to actual work behavior. A potential reason for this is a pessimistic perception of openness of climate (OOC). Perceived OOC refers to the extent to which members of one's organization (e.g. colleagues, managers) are perceived by trainees to be able and willing to change their habits and consequently allow the trained soft skills to be performed. In the present research, two different short and simple interventions aimed at strengthening optimistic perceptions of OOC were employed and their effect on motivation to transfer were examined. Results showed that trainees who were asked to write down positive (vs negative) aspects of their organization ("organization intervention") or of workshops ("workshop intervention") reported a more positive perception of OOC and, in turn, an increased motivation to transfer. This shows that such interventions have the potential to increase motivation to transfer. (Contains 2 notes, 1 table, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany