Title
Workplace learning within teacher education : the role of job characteristics and goal orientation
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Abingdon ,
Subject
Educational sciences
Source (journal)
Educational studies. - Abingdon
Volume/pages
40(2014) :5 , p. 515-532
ISSN
0305-5698
ISI
000342313000003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Within teacher education, it is widely recognised that internships play a major role in preparing prospective teachers. The current research examines if the learning activities students undertake in the workplace can be explained by students goal orientation and their perceptions of the workplace. In addition, it will be investigated whether this model is predictive for students academic achievement. Participants in this study were 464 bachelor students enrolled in teacher education. The results from the structural equation modelling show that students learning goal orientation is an important predictor for students learning activities and academic achievement. Students with a higher learning goal orientation demonstrate a more active approach towards their learning. Regarding the context, some positive relations between work-related variables such as job demands and job control on the one hand and students learning activities on the other hand were identified, but their relationship was more limited than expected.
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