Why and when do learning goal orientation and attitude decrease with aging? The role of perceived remaining time and work centrality

Kooij, Dorien T.A.M. & Zacher, Hannes (2016) Why and when do learning goal orientation and attitude decrease with aging? The role of perceived remaining time and work centrality. Journal of Social Issues, 72(1), pp. 146-168.

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We conducted two studies to improve our understanding of why and when older workers are focused on learning. Based on socioemotional selectivity theory, which proposes that goal focus changes with age and the perception of time, we hypothesized and found that older workers perceive their remaining time at work as more limited than younger workers which, in turn, is associated with lower learning goal orientation and a less positive attitude toward learning and development. Furthermore, we hypothesized and found that high work centrality buffers the negative association between age and perceived remaining time, and thus the indirect negative effects of age on learning goal orientation and attitude toward learning and development (through perceived remaining time). These findings suggest that scholars and practitioners should take workers’ perceived remaining time and work centrality into account when examining or stimulating learning activities among aging workers.

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ID Code: 93946
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Learning Goal Orientation, Attitude, Aging, Perceived Remaining Time, Work Centrality
DOI: 10.1111/josi.12160
ISSN: 0022-4537
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: 2016 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2016 01:14
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 01:26

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