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Record number 507854
Title Promoting VET teachers’ innovative behaviour : exploring the roles of task interdependence, learning goal orientation and occupational self-efficacy
Author(s) Runhaar, Piety; Bednall, Timothy; Sanders, Karin; Yang, Huadong
Source Journal of Vocational Education and Training 68 (2016)4. - ISSN 1363-6820 - p. 436 - 452.
Department(s) Education and Competence Studies
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) Innovative behaviour - learning goal orientation - occupational self-efficacy - task interdependence - teachers - vocational education and training

Changing employer demands, new technological and pedagogical insights are examples of developments which urge Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutes to continually renew and innovate their educational programmes. This, in turn, requires teachers to show innovative behaviour. Our study focuses on the effects of task interdependence on VET teachers’ innovative behaviour. In addition, the mediating roles of learning goal orientation and occupational self-efficacy in this relationship are examined. A two-wave survey study among 342 teachers, from 54 teams of 6 Dutch VET institutes, showed that task interdependence enhanced teachers’ learning goal orientation, which enhanced their engagement in innovative behaviour over time. Task interdependence also increased teachers’ occupational self-efficacy, which in turn increased their engagement in innovative behaviour. This effect, however, appeared short lived. Apparently, once teachers exceed a certain level of occupational self-efficacy, other variables, like learning goal orientation, play a more important role in sustaining innovative behaviour.

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