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The effects of efficacy beliefs on training outcomes : looking beyond self-efficacy

Laarhuis, Elsemiek (2016) The effects of efficacy beliefs on training outcomes : looking beyond self-efficacy.

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Abstract:Previous research has shown that self-efficacy has an important influence on the effects of training. The present research broadens the view on efficacy beliefs by taking into account the role of collective efficacy and response efficacy on training outcomes. Additionally it explores the influence of supervisors on follower efficacy beliefs. To investigate these proposed relations, in the first study a survey was distributed to police officers before and after participation in a group training, in the second study follow up interviews were conducted. Although the results of the first study do not confirm the proposed relations, there are signs that response efficacy and collective efficacy may play a role, but more research is necessary to further explore the exact role of these efficacy beliefs. The second study showed that supervisors did influence the efficacy beliefs, the influence of vicarious experience was however much stronger. These findings can be attributed to the specific type of training, since most participants knew the training from national television. Future research should focus on further exploring the influence of response and collective efficacy and measuring the influence of supervisors on efficacy beliefs in a direct manner.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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