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Looking for students' personal characteristics predicting study outcome

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Looking for students' personal characteristics predicting study outcome

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The central goal of this study is to clarify to what degree former education and students' personal characteristics (the 'Big Five personality characteristics', personal orientations on learning and students' study approach) may predict study outcome (required credits and study continuance). Analysis of the data gathered through questionnaires of 1,471 Universities of Applied Sciences students make clear that former Education did not come forth as a powerful predictor for Credits or Study Continuance. Significant predictors are Conscientiousness and Ambivalence and Lack of Regulation. The higher the scores on Conscientiousness the more credits students are bound to obtain and the more likely they will continue their education. On the other hand students with high scores on Ambivalence and Lack of Regulation will most likely obtain fewer Credits or drop out more easily. The question arises what these results mean for the present knowledge economy which demands an increase of inhabitants with an advanced level of education. Finally, implications and recommendations for future research are suggested.

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
LectoraatLectoraat Leren en innoveren
Gepubliceerd inHigher Education Springer, Vol. 61, Uitgave: 1, Pagina's: 59-75
Datum2011-01
TypeArtikel
ISSN0018-1560
TaalEngels

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