Center for Advanced Management




Prof. Petri Nokelainen (University of Tampere)


  • Datum: 01.06.2016
    Zeit: 15:15 - 16:45
    Ort: Ludwigstr. 28, RG, Raum 328
    Titel:Characteristics of Vocational Excellence and Learning

The mixed-method study investigated the role of Finnish Shizuoka 2007, Calgary 2009, London 2011 and Leipzig 2013 WorldSkills Competition (WSC) competitors’ natural abilities, intrinsic characteristics, and domain and non-domain specific extrinsic conditions to their talent development with qualitative (n = 30) and quantitative (n = 147) samples. The results of the semi-structured interviews with competitors, their parents, trainers, and working life representatives showed that self-reflection (e.g., attributions, stress tolerance), volition (perseverance, time management skills), cognitive skills (development potential), and motivation (extrinsic and intrinsic) were considered to be the most important factors promoting vocational excellence. Characteristics related to volition, self-reflection, and cognitive skills played an important role in all three developmental stages of vocational talent (initial interest, perseverance, and mastery of the skill). The role of both teachers and trainers was deemed important to the stages of vocational talent development. The results of the survey showed that the most successful competitors were characterized by their linguistic and interpersonal abilities. They also believed that effort was more important to their success than ability. The most successful competitors were more performance-approach goal oriented and less performance-avoidance oriented than were their less successful peers. A supportive home and school atmosphere positively affected the development of vocational talent.