Is it always worth waiting? The effect of autonomy-supportive teaching on shortterm and long-term learning outcomes

Chiara Paolino, Rossella Cappetta

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Abstract

Autonomy is known for its positive effects and its use in management practice. Recently an urgent debate has emerged on its drawbacks on individual outcomes. In this study, we investigate and test a model on the effect on individual learning of an autonomysupportive teaching style and its interplay with the learner’s previous experience and perceived management support. Specifically, while research has emphasized the positive effect of similar contexts, this study focuses on its differential effect on short-term and long-term learning outcomes, challenging the traditional view of autonomy. We also explore how job experience and management support can improve the effects of autonomy on individual learning. We test our model by collecting longitudinal data on a sample of 200 individuals participating in a training programme on managerial skills. Our results show that (1) the extent to which teachers were perceived as autonomysupportive presents a linear relationship with short-term learning outcomes (utility reactions) and a positive curvilinear relationship with training transfer in the long term; (2) learner job experience and perceived management support for learning have a positive moderating effect on the linear relationship between autonomy and learning outcomes.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)93-108
Numero di pagine16
RivistaBritish Journal of Management
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015

Keywords

  • AUTONOMY
  • LEARNING

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