Human Agency at Work

An Active Approach towards Expertise Development

  • Dr. Michael Goller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVII
  2. Michael Goller
    Pages 1-8
  3. Michael Goller
    Pages 315-337
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 339-373

About this book


Michael Goller gives a structured overview of the current discourses of human agency in relation to professional learning and development. Based on this discussion, the author develops a theoretical framework including human agency as an individual feature (i. e., a disposition) as well as a set of self-initiated and goal-directed behaviours that are assumed to affect employees’ learning and development (e. g., crafting of new work experiences). He then further specifies this theoretical framework and investigates it empirically in the domain of geriatric care nursing. Based on the findings of the three empirical studies conducted, the author discusses the relevance of human agency for the development of professional expertise of geriatric care nurses.


  • Agency: An Abstract and Multifaceted Construct
  • The Role of Agency in Professional Development
  • Insights into Agency in the Domain of Geriatric Care Nursing
  • Empirical Study on the Relationship of Agency and Expertise Development

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of educational science, psychology, or sociology with a focus on life-course research, and nursing science
  • Practitioners working in geriatric care management or personnel development
The Author

Michael Goller is a research associate at the University of Paderborn working in the research group Educational Management and Research on Further Education.


Workplace Learning Geriatric Care Nursing Professional Development Informal Learning Proactivity Personal Initiative

Authors and affiliations

  • Dr. Michael Goller
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Educational ScienceUniversity of PaderbornPaderbornGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-18285-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-18286-1
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