Work Related Effects of an Awareness Training Programme: An investigation into training transfer and applicable criterion measures
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
This study investigated predictors for training transfer and their relationship with work related effectiveness measures of the group based awareness training The More To Life Weekend. The purposes of the study were to: (1) establish and test predictors for effective training transfer, (2) identify and test constructs for work-related effectiveness, and (3) provide direction for the design of an evaluation study. This study was conducted with past participants of the training, in a cross-sectional design using self-report surveys, and data was analysed using regression analyses. Instruments for measuring controlled and autonomous motivation to attend the training, the perceived utility of the training, utilisation of post-training support opportunities and the degree of on-going practice were developed for the study. The results indicate that perceived training utility is an important predictor for transfer. Controlled motivation to attend the training is showing the expected nil-relationship, while autonomous motivation is showing a relationship with transfer without reaching statistical significance. The results confirm a significant positive relationship between on-going practice of the trained techniques with positive psychological capital, whereas the relationship with a one-dimensional measure of mindful attention awareness did not reach levels of statistical significance. Utilisation of post-training support and on-going practice were confirmed as mediators between perceived training utility and the effectiveness measures of mindful awareness and positive psychological capital. Recommendations are made for using a multi-dimensional measurement of mindful awareness and the design of a future evaluation study on this training programme.