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ERIC Number: EJ821861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Role of the Big Five Personality Traits in Predicting College Students' Academic Motivation and Achievement
Komarraju, Meera; Karau, Steven J.; Schmeck, Ronald R.
Learning and Individual Differences, v19 n1 p47-52 2009
College students (308 undergraduates) completed the Five Factor Inventory and the Academic Motivations Scale, and reported their college grade point average (GPA). A correlation analysis revealed an interesting pattern of significant relationships. Further, regression analyses indicated that conscientiousness and openness explained 17% of the variance in intrinsic motivation; conscientiousness and extraversion explained 13% of the variance in extrinsic motivation; and conscientiousness and agreeableness explained 11% of the variance in amotivation. Further, four personality traits (conscientiousness, openness, neuroticism, and agreeableness) explained 14% of the variance in GPA; and intrinsic motivation to accomplish things explained 5% of the variance in GPA. Finally, conscientiousness emerged as a partial mediator of the relationship between intrinsic motivation to accomplish and GPA. These results are interpreted within the context of what educators could do to encourage and nurture student motivation and achievement. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Academic Motivation Scale; NEO Five Factor Inventory