Accession Number:

ADP003259

Title:

Expectations, Job Perceptions and Disconfirmation Among Air Force Academy Graduates,

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO

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Report Date:

1984-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

This study examined the expectations of Air Force Academy cadets, their later job perceptions as officers, and the discrepancy between these expectations and perceptions disconfirmation. Using Hackman and Oldhams job characteristics model as a conceptual base, this research examined expectations about five job characteristics autonomy, feedback, skill variety, task significance, and task identity. Subjects were 110 male and female 1980 graduates of the Air Force Academy the first class that graduated women. Data on expectations were collected before the subjects graduation from the Academy two years later, job perceptions were assessed by means of mailed questionnaires. Results showed that job perceptions differed from expectations only with respect to autonomy--which was higher than expected. Since previous research suggests that males and females--and those in flying versus support positions--may differ in their expectations and job perceptions, these sub-groups were also examined. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE