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Relationship between Big-five Personality Domains and Students' Academic Achievement

Lim, P. S. and Melissa Ng Abdullah, L. Y.

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 20, Issue 4, December 2012

Keywords: Big-Five personality, neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experiences, greeableness, conscientiousness

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Personality is a multidimensional psychological construct that can influence the way students engage in learning and their academic performance. This study aimed to examine the relationships between the different personality domains and students' academic performances in Malaysian context. The sample consisted of 360 students (Male, n = 180; Female, n = 180) from five randomly chosen secondary schools in a state in the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. A quantititave survey approach was used in this study. In particular, the Malay Version Five-Factor Personality Inventory (NEO-FFI) was used to measure the students' personality domains while their academic achievement was denoted by Grade Point Average (GPA). Inferential statistics revealed that there were no gender differences in the different personality domains, except for neuroticism, where females had recorded a higher mean score. The Pearson's correlation coefficient analysis revealed that openness and conscientiousness were positively related to Malaysian students' academic achievements. Finally, regression analysis has confirmed that the two variables accounted for the changes in students' academic performances. The findings have significant implications for education matters.

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