Workplace learning within teacher education: The role of job characteristics and goal orientation
Kyndt, Eva × Donche, Vincent Gijbels, David Van Petegem, Peter #
Educational Studies vol:40 issue:5 pages:515-532
Within teacher education, it is widely recognized that internships play a major role in preparing prospective teachers. The current research examines if the learning activities students’ undertake on 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, with students’ learning activities on the other hand were identified, their influence was more limited than expected.