The authors are indebted to the following personnel of the U.S. Army Research Institute Aviation R& D Activity, Fort Rucker, Alabama: Charles A. Gainer (Chief), Gabriel P. Intano (Team Leader), William R. Howse (Psychologist), and Larry J. Murdock (ADP Manager). Special thanks are due to our project coordinator, Gabe Intano; without his interest and support over a period of 9 months, the research reported in this paper could not have been performed. The authors would also like to thank Charles K. Parson, Dennis H. Nagao, Robert C. Liden, and three anonymous reviewers. Their insightful comments were indispensable.
AN INVESTIGATION OF FACTORS EXPECTED TO AFFECT FEEDBACK SEEKING: A LONGITUDINAL FIELD STUDY
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Volume 45, Issue 4, pages 779–802, December 1992
How to Cite
FEDOR, D. B., RENSVOLD, R. B. and ADAMS, S. M. (1992), AN INVESTIGATION OF FACTORS EXPECTED TO AFFECT FEEDBACK SEEKING: A LONGITUDINAL FIELD STUDY. Personnel Psychology, 45: 779–802. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.1992.tb00968.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
This study of 137 helicopter pilot trainees investigated individual strategies used to obtain performance feedback during two consecutive phases of their training. Individual and situational factors cited in previous research were investigated as predictors of two feedback seeking behaviors: eliciting (asking directly for feedback) and monitoring (using indirect techniques, such as observing, to gain additional feedback). Both individual and situational factors were significant predictors of feedback seeking behaviors. Feedback seeking costs and the student pilots’external propensity (an individual difference measure assessing their desire for external feedback) were found to be the most consistent predictors of feedback eliciting and monitoring, both within and across the two training phases. In addition, the results point to higher feedback eliciting when performance was rated as low. The implications of this research are discussed, especially with respect to training.