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ERIC Number: ED568123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 7
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Reference Count: 13
The Personal Characteristics Predictors of Academic Success
Angelkoska, Slagana; Stankovska, Gordana; Dimitrovski, Dimitar
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (14th, Sofia, Bulgaria, Jun 14-17, 2016)
When we speak about the academic achievement of the students and their personality, the internal state of a student is in connection with his personal experience and individual differences and talents, dispositions, motives, his "I" and a whole range of cognitive processes. Modern psychological theories of personality believe that the learning and the achieved academic success represent the overall activity of the individual. It is very important to understand and determine the factors that affect the learning process in order to get a full picture of the personality of the students regarding their achieved academic success. If we analyze the personality of the student in depth, we will understand that the academic success, besides the influence of the curriculum external factors, is significantly influenced by the dominant traits of his personality. The personal characteristics are presented as a set of internal components that determine the success and the quality of action of the students. The relationship between the dimensions of personality and the academic success are the subject of research of many authors. One group of authors puts emphasis on intelligence as a factor for success in the learning process, while another group believes that success depends on the personal characteristics that are dominant in the individual. The purpose of this paper is to ascertain the role of the personal characteristics of the students regarding their academic success, and to understand which personality traits are dominant among respondents of male and female gender. For this purpose, in the research we applied the big-five model of personality by which we obtained data on the five dimensions of personality: neuroticism (N), agreeableness (A), openness to new experiences (O), extraversion (E), and consciousness (C). The research is conducted on a sample of 74 students aged 20 to 22 years, whereas the success is a representation of the average score they achieved during their studies. Based on the results of the survey it can be inferred that in the female students there is a positive correlation between openness (O) and extraversion (E) and success at school, and in the male students there is a statistical significance between agreeableness (A) and neuroticism (N) and success in learning. Based on the conducted research we can conclude that the success depends on the personal characteristics of the person. [For the complete Volume 14, Number 1 proceedings, see ED568088.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Macedonia