Emotions in Learning at Work : a Literature Review
Hökkä, P., Vähäsantanen, K., & Paloniemi, S. (2020). Emotions in Learning at Work : a Literature Review. Vocations and Learning, 13(1), 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12186-019-09226-z
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The research elaborating emotions in organizational settings has increased considerably in recent years. However, we lack a comprehensive understanding of the role of emotions in learning at work. This review aimed to elaborate how emotions and learning are understood in the field of workplace studies, and how emotions and learning at work are related. For the review, 31 scientific articles were selected and analysed. We found that emotions and learning were understood in a range of ways in the articles. Emotions were mainly defined as emotional experiences and responses, and learning at work mainly referred to learning through participatory practices. In addition, the review illustrates the relationship between emotions and learning at work. Most of the studies focused on the active role of emotions in supporting and/or hindering learning at work, but some indicated the contrary direction of influence, with emotions at work being influenced by learning. The review further illustrates trends and gaps in this research field, and suggests some theoretical underpinnings, with recommendations for future research. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingWe would like to thank Merianna Rossi for her help with the early version of the paper. This research was supported by the Academy of Finland [Grant number 288925, The Role of Emotions in Agentic Learning at Work].
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