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Knowledge in the Area of Industrial and Organizational Psychology : research among students examining the role of education, motivation and gender concerning the gap between research and practice

Jording, Lise (2011) Knowledge in the Area of Industrial and Organizational Psychology : research among students examining the role of education, motivation and gender concerning the gap between research and practice.

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Abstract:Studies have shown a gap between research and practice concerning Industrial and Organizational (I/O) psychology. These deficits are caused by a lack of knowledge, non-use of knowledge, or failing to implement knowledge. It is important to close this researchpractice gap. Motivation and education are important factors in closing this gap. Therefore, this study surveys which variables are related to the knowledge of I/O psychology. A questionnaire was used to examine the influence of career identity (work centrality and upward mobility) and gender on the knowledge of I/O psychology knowledge. Furthermore testing was carried out to discover if there are gender differences in career identity. The research was carried out on two separate occasions. This made it possible to investigate the increase in knowledge of the participants. This study was conducted among 47 students of the University of Twente who were enrolled in the course ‘Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology’. Results show that gender and upward mobility are related to the knowledge of I/O psychology. Work centrality, upward mobility and gender are not related to the enlargement of I/O knowledge. Gender differences in career identity cannot be supported. Suggestions are made for future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59955
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