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Changes in new recruits’ motivation and intention to use a learning portfolio: A longitudinal investigation

Tombs, Michal; Morgan, Phil

Authors

Michal Tombs



Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine motivation and intention to complete a learning portfolio. Seventy newly recruited Police Community Support Officers(PCSOs) at a UK police constabulary completed questionnaires at four different time points during training that examined their perceptions of the instrumentality of the learning portfolio and their intention to complete it. Results revealed decreases in motivation and intention over the four training periods, with substantially lower ratings six months into training. This study provides insight of the malleability of motivation and attitudes towards the learning portfolio, suggesting that trainers should pay more attention to motivational processes.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Journal The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
Print ISSN 0032-258X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 91
Issue 2
Pages 188-202
APA6 Citation Tombs, M., & Morgan, P. (2017). Changes in new recruits’ motivation and intention to use a learning portfolio: A longitudinal investigation. Police Journal, 91(2), 188-202. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258X17699227
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258X17699227
Keywords learning portfolios, police community support officers,
PCSOs, instrumentality, intention
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258X17699227
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