The relationships between personality, learning approaches, satisfaction with student support services, and academic success

Burton, Lorelle J. and Ballantine, Roslyn A. and McIlveen, Peter F. (2009) The relationships between personality, learning approaches, satisfaction with student support services, and academic success. In: 44th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference (APS 2009), 30 Sep-4 Oct 2009, Darwin, Australia.

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The first year at university is crucial for students as it can often lay the platform for future academic success. The current study was designed to examine various factors that might influence student transition to higher education. The main aim was to examine the relationships between personality, learning approaches, and academic success in 647 first-year students, enrolled both on-campus and via distance education, at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Academic success was measured by Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of students' first year of tertiary study. Additionally, this study examined students' satisfaction with USQ student support services. Consistent with previous research, Conscientiousness positively predicted GPA. Other key findings were that the Surface approach negatively predicted GPA; the Strategic approach positively predicted GPA. Both Conscientiousness and Intellect positively predicted the Deep and the Strategic approaches, respectively; Neuroticism positively predicted the Surface approach. Together, these findings provide implications for curriculum design and delivery and for transition programs for commencing students. Further research is required to determine whether student engagement and satisfaction with student support services predicts academic success, for both on-campus and distance student cohorts. Research that tracks the academic performance of these students until they complete their degrees or leave the university is recommended.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The Australian Psychological Society Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Author's version released from 12 months Embargo 1 October 2010.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2009 02:21
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 04:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: personality; learning approaches; student services; academic performance
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development

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