What is it about?

We examined if the Big Five Personality Traits (extraversion, openness, emotional stability, agreeableness, and conscientiousness) predict academic success when self-efficacy (one’s can-do belief) is also included as a predictor of success. We found that self-efficacy consistently predicted academic achievement, as did conscientiousness.

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Why is it important?

Understanding the degree to which academic achievement can be improved simply by believing you can do it versus the degree to which is predicted by stable traits has implications for educators, coaches, parents, and students. Our finding that self-efficacy predicts performance shows the power of self-confidence.

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This page is a summary of: Test of three conceptual models of influence of the big five personality traits and self-efficacy on academic performance: A meta-analytic path-analysis, Personality and Individual Differences, January 2018, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.08.014.
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