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Relationship Between Personality and Preferred Teaching Methods

Wychowalek, Klaudia (2021) Relationship Between Personality and Preferred Teaching Methods. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The current, quantitative study explored the relationship between Big Five personality traits (Goldberg, 1993) and preferred teaching methods with undergraduate students (N= 62), attending Irish colleges. Participants aged 18-55 years old were asked to complete two online questionnaires that measured Big Five personality traits, using Big Five Inventory (BFI; John & Srivastava, 1999) and a 27-tems instrument that measured preferred teaching methods. Significant, positive relationship was found between Extraversion and individual student presentations (rs = .40) and significant, but negative relation between Extraversion and teaching method that involved a guest speaker (rs =-.27). Conscientiousness was significantly and negatively associated with both; a lecture with visual overheads (rs = -.30) and watching a long video/film which was over 20 minutes (rs = -.31). Openness was significantly and positively related to preference for library research (rs = .36) and information search, using technology (rs = .33). No significant relationships were obtained for a trait of agreeableness and preferred teaching methods. Neuroticism was positively and significantly correlated with preference for 3 teaching methods: lectures including a visual, using PowerPoint (rs = .36) as well as lectures with a visual-overhead (rs =.34) and watching a long video/film that was over 20 minutes (rs = .39). The findings show the prominence of considering students’ teaching preferences by drawing attention to their personality traits to meet and adjust students’ needs to potentially increase their academic success.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching Personnel
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2021 11:19
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:51

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