Dr Arthur Poropat from Griffith’s School of Applied Psychology has performed a large study into the factors contributing to academic success and found a significant correlation between those students with contentious and open personalities and their success academically.
The findings could have a big impact on the strategies employed by teachers to help their students learn. An open and focused personality was as good a predictor of academic success when a student assessed his or her own personality. When someone who knew them well assessed their personality, the prediction was four times as accurate.
The findings represent significant evidence against the practice of assessing students with tools such as intelligence tests, and instead puts the emphasis on finding students whose personalities make them hard workers, or helping teachers develop these traits in their students.
Regardless of whether you consider yourself an open, conscientious and focused person, it’s hard to argue with the fact that studies like these keep Australia clever.
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[article source] Griffith University – Personality outsmarts intelligence at school