The role of age and occupational future time perspective in workers’ motivation to learn

Kochoian, Nané, Raemdonck, Isabel, Frenay, Mariane, & Zacher, Hannes (2017) The role of age and occupational future time perspective in workers’ motivation to learn. Vocations and Learning, 10(1), pp. 27-45.

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The purpose of this paper is to better understand the relationship between employees’ chronological age and their motivation to learn, by adopting a lifespan perspective. Based on socioemotional selectivity theory, we suggest that occupational future time perspective mediates the relationship between age and motivation to learn. In accordance with expectancy-value and self-efficacy theories, motivation to learn was operationalized as employees’ learning motivational beliefs (i.e., learning self-efficacy and learning value). To test our model, survey data were obtained from 560 workers between the ages of 21 to 64 years. Results demonstrated the importance of taking workers’ occupational future time perspective into account to explain relationships between age and learning motivational beliefs.

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ID Code: 96100
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Chronological Age, Older Workers, Future Time Perspective, Motivation to Learn, Learning Motivational Beliefs
DOI: 10.1007/s12186-016-9160-9
ISSN: 1874-7868
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
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2016 23:35
Last Modified: 04 May 2017 01:00

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