Antecedent Biases of Experiential Learners: Trainee Occupation and Subgroup Diversity


  • Carroll C. Halterman
  • Nancy S. Sampson


The occupational experience of group members (those who perform similar activities and functions as a way of life) influences their ideas about the workplace. Such antecedent biases are likely to affect subsequent experiential teaching and learning. For example, our assessments show that occupational females (as a whole) place more importance on clear Goals; on knowing one’s Job; on having a competent Leader; and on well-Designed workgroups, than do males. But we also find that males from different occupational groups vary widely, as do females front different occupational groups. Three diverse sources of bias are identified as attendant to occupation, occupational sub groups, and gender.