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Perceived supervisor support and learner’s career curiosity: the mediating effect of sense of belonging, engagement and self-efficacy

Ugochukwu Chinonso Okolie (Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Nigeria)
Chinedu Ochinanwata (University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Nonso Ochinanwata (African Development Institute of Research Methodology, Enugu, Nigeria)
Paul Agu Igwe (Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Gloria Obiageli Okorie (Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Nigeria)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 21 January 2021

Issue publication date: 19 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study investigates the relationship between perceived supervisor support (PSS) and learner career curiosity and tests the mediating role of sense of belonging, engagement and learning self-efficacy.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a three-wave repeated cross-sectional data collected from 509 final-year undergraduate students of 11 Nigerian public universities, who had completed the compulsory work placement to analyze the influence of PSS on learner’s career curiosity via a parallel mediation involving sense of belonging, engagement (behavioural, emotional and cognitive) and self-efficacy.

Findings

The results show that engagement mediates the path through which PSS influences career curiosity. However, the authors found no evidence that sense of belonging and self-efficacy mediated the relationship between PSS and learner’s career curiosity in this population.

Originality/value

The findings of this study highlight the importance of PSS as a resource that influences learner’s career curiosity, particularly during a work placement.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the African Development Institute of Research Methodology (ADIRM), Nelson Mandela multi-purpose building, Plot 79 Arai River, Independence Layout, Enugu, Nigeria.

Citation

Okolie, U.C., Ochinanwata, C., Ochinanwata, N., Igwe, P.A. and Okorie, G.O. (2021), "Perceived supervisor support and learner’s career curiosity: the mediating effect of sense of belonging, engagement and self-efficacy", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 966-982. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-09-2020-0207

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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