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The Power of Teaching : exploring the effect of instructor experience on student motivation

Overkamp, Sander (2023) The Power of Teaching : exploring the effect of instructor experience on student motivation.

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis examines how instructor experience affects the motivation of aspiring Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) to complete their training. The study explores the potential mediating roles of psychological safety, rapport building, and social cohesion between instructor experience and NCOs' motivation. The research involves exploratory methods to gather information, establish connections between key concepts and variables, and understand how these factors impact aspiring NCOs’ motivation and success in the initial military training. The research shows that motivation can somewhat be affected by the behaviour and experience of the instructor. However, this is mainly a short-term effect. Especially the drive from within and the effect of the group fuel individual’s motivation to carry on. The effect of instructor experience on the variables: psychological safety and social cohesion turn out to be either indirect or limited. The effect of experience on rapport does show a closer connection. The effect of psychological safety and social cohesion, both, seem to have a significant impact on motivation, although, social cohesion more than psychological safety. The effect of rapport on motivation is short-term, but the absence of rapport is expected to have a major effect on long-term motivation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Royal Netherlands Army, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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