Original Articles

Exploring the Impact of Self-Directed Team Learning in an Air Traffic Control Environment

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 20, issue 1, 2010 , pages: 135–141
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2010.10820354
Author(s): Jacobus G. MareeUniversity of Pretoria,, Christiaan G. JoubertUniversity of Pretoria,, Mike van der LindeUniversity of Pretoria,, Paul J. van StadenUniversity of Pretoria,


Experienced military air traffic controllers (25 respondents, males = 15, females = 10, years of experience = less than one year = 5 respondents, more than one year but less than three years = 11 respondents and more than three years = 9 respondents) participated in this study to determine whether self-directed team learning exists within their air traffic control teams and to understand the impact of self-directed team learning on the air traffic control work environment. Data on self-directed team learning and learning approaches were collected using a Self-directed Team Learning Questionnaire (SDTLQ) and a Learning Approaches Questionnaire (LAQ). These data were analysed using an inductive reasoning mode for qualitative data analysis and quantitative data analysis followed a supporting deductive reasoning mode. Triangulation as a technique was used to determine whether multiple sources of data agreed and to obtain better, cross-checked insights (Burgess, 1985). Results revealed that these air traffic controllers and air traffic control teams investigated in the study do indeed function within self-directed working, training and learning environments. The quality of team performance was influenced by self-directed team learning initiatives. Furthermore, the quality of self-directed team learning relied upon the effectiveness of air traffic control team performances.

Get new issue alerts for Journal of Psychology in Africa