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ERIC Number: EJ782919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Students' Preferences for Lecturers' Personalities in Britain, Malaysia and the United States
Swami, Viren; Furnham, Adrian; Maakip, Ismail; Ahmad, Sharani; Hudani, Nurul; Voo, Peter S. K.; Christopher, Andrew N.; Garwood, Jeanette
Learning and Individual Differences, v17 n4 p307-315 2007
This study examined students' preferences for lecturers' personalities on three continents. Two-hundred and 35 university students in Malaysia, 347 university students in Britain and 139 university students in the United States provided ratings of 30 desirable and undesirable lecturer trait characteristics, which were coded into an internally reliable Big Five taxonomy. Descriptive statistics showed that, overall, students in all three settings tended to prefer Conscientious, Open, Stable and Agreeable lecturers. Further analysis showed that, overall, Malaysian students provided higher ratings for all high order traits of the Big Five than either British or American students. There were numerous gender and national differences but the latter was more a function of methodological artefacts. Educational and vocational implications are considered in conclusion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia; United Kingdom (Great Britain); United States