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Evaluating the performance improvement preferences of disability service managers: an exploratory study using Gilbertís behavior engineering model


Wooderson, JR and Cuskelly, M and Meyer, KA, Evaluating the performance improvement preferences of disability service managers: an exploratory study using Gilbert's behavior engineering model, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30, (4) pp. 661-671. ISSN 1468-3148 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/jar.12260


Background: Front-line managers play an important role in managing the performance of staff working in services for people with intellectual disability, but little is known about the practices they prefer to use to improve staff performance and whether these align with what research has shown to be effective.

Method: This study comprised two phases. First, the present authors tested the validity and reliability of a short questionnaire designed to evaluate managersí preferences for performance improvement practices. Then, the present authors collected and analysed responses from 175 managers working in disability services in Queensland, Australia.

Results: The questionnaire demonstrated good content validity, concurrent validity and testĖretest reliability. The participants believed strategies related to changing employee individual characteristics to be more effective than strategies aimed at improving environmental factors.

Conclusions: This study provides important considerations regarding the professional development needs of front-line managers working in organizations that provide services to people with intellectual disability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:developmental disability, intellectual disability, performance, improvement, staff management, staff performance
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other Education
Research Field:Education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Education and Training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, M (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
ID Code:120029
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-08
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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