The Effects of Educational Backgrounds on Relationship between Personality and Knowledge Retention of First Courses
26 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2015 Last revised: 5 Feb 2018
Date Written: August 30, 2016
This study investigated the relationship between student personality based on the Five Factors model, the extent to which they retained learning outcomes of a first course in accounting after completing the course, and their educational backgrounds (major at university, graduates of commercial high schools, and attendance to private preparatory schools for qualification examinations concerning accounting and bookkeeping). Data were collected from 121 students at two universities. The results found no significant direct relationships between the five personality traits and the extent to which learning outcomes were retained (i.e., academic performance). In addition, the effect of combined traits on performance was limited. However, some traits significantly influenced performance depending on educational background. This study contributes to knowledge on the complex relationship between academic performance, personality, and educational background. This study also contributes methodologically to prior literature by measuring personality and academic performance using new measures.
Keywords: Personality, Five Factors model, First course, Bookkeeping, Educational background
JEL Classification: M41, I20
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