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Investigating Personality Traits and Intelligence as predictors of Academic Performance and Academic Motivation

Sandu, Mona (2019) Investigating Personality Traits and Intelligence as predictors of Academic Performance and Academic Motivation. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The current study investigated personality traits and intelligence as predictors of academic performance (AP) and academic motivation (AM). The aim of the study was to determine to strongest and most accurate predictor of AP and AM. Furthermore, to establish Intelligence as a predictor of academic motivation. It was hypothesised that conscientiousness will out do Intelligence in predicting AP. That neuroticism will negatively impact AP. Lastly, that intelligence will be a significant predictor of AM. Research was carried out with 44 females and 35 males (N=79). Participants completed The Academic Motivation scale, The Big Five Inventory 10-item short form and the Ravens Progressive Matrices 9-item abbreviated version. Two multiple regressions were conducted to analysis the predictive ability of personality traits and Intelligence on AM and AP. Conscientiousness proved to be the strongest predictor of both AM and AP. Followed by intelligence and neuroticism. finally, intelligence did not have a significant impact on AM. The findings of the current study may add value to educational psychology. By identifying students who are at risk of poor AP allows for interventions to be put in place before negatively impacting their AP.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotional Intelligence
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Motivation
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 12:11
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 12:11

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