A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
Emotions in Learning at Work : a Literature Review (2020)

Hökkä, P., Vähäsantanen, K., & Paloniemi, S. (2020). Emotions in Learning at Work : a Literature Review. Vocations and Learning, 13(1), 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12186-019-09226-z

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All authors or editors: Hökkä, Päivi; Vähäsantanen, Katja; Paloniemi, Susanna

Journal or series: Vocations and Learning

ISSN: 1874-785X

eISSN: 1874-7868

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 13

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 1-25

Publisher: Springer

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12186-019-09226-z

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68455

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The research elaborating emotions in organizational settings has increased considerably in recent years. However, we lack a comprehensive understanding of the role of emotions in learning at work. This review aimed to elaborate how emotions and learning are understood in the field of workplace studies, and how emotions and learning at work are related. For the review, 31 scientific articles were selected and analysed. We found that emotions and learning were understood in a range of ways in the articles. Emotions were mainly defined as emotional experiences and responses, and learning at work mainly referred to learning through participatory practices. In addition, the review illustrates the relationship between emotions and learning at work. Most of the studies focused on the active role of emotions in supporting and/or hindering learning at work, but some indicated the contrary direction of influence, with emotions at work being influenced by learning. The review further illustrates trends and gaps in this research field, and suggests some theoretical underpinnings, with recommendations for future research.

Keywords: emotions; on-the-job learning; working life

Free keywords: learning at work; review; workplace studies

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Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 2

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