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ERIC Number: EJ828294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Personality Characteristics of Engineers
van der Molen, Henk T.; Schmidt, Henk G.; Kruisman, Gerard
European Journal of Engineering Education, v32 n5 p495-501 Oct 2007
The objective of the current study was to investigate the personality characteristics of a group of engineers with a variety of years of experience. It was executed to remedy shortcomings of the literature concerning this issue and to produce suggestions for a postgraduate training programme for engineers. A total of 103 engineers were tested with the five-factor personality inventory (FFPI), a "big five" personality test of Dutch origin. The engineers were shown to score lower on the factor agreeableness, and higher on the factors extraversion, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and autonomy than a national comparison group. The older the engineers, the more conscientious and autonomous they were. In addition, engineers with lower degrees were more conscientious than engineers with higher degrees. A practical implication of the findings for the postgraduate training of engineers is that more attention should be paid to the development of interpersonal skills. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands