JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2018, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (1): 101-106.DOI: 10.13766/j.bhsk.1008-2204.2015.0322

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Effects of Mentor's Autonomy Support on Students' Creativity: Meditating Role of Autonomous Motivation and Moderating Role of Students' Gender

HUANG Youli, TAN Chenghua   

  1. Management School, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei Anhui 230026, China
  • Received:2015-06-03 Online:2018-01-25 Published:2018-01-31


Mentor's leadership is an important factor on graduate creativity. From self-determined theory perspective, this research analyzes the mechanism of mentor's autonomy support leadership on graduate student's creativity by investigating the mediation role of autonomous motivation and the moderation role of individual gender. A questionnaire survey is carried out on 300 graduate students in University of Science and Technology of China. The results show that:mentor's autonomy support has a positive effect on graduate students' creativity. Moreover, graduate students' autonomous motivation plays a total mediated role in the relationship between the mentor's autonomy support and students' creativity. Compared with male students, mentor's autonomy support have a stronger positive effect on female students' creativity.

Key words: mentor's autonomy support, students' creativity, autonomous motivation, gender differences, self-determination theory

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