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Big five personality traits as predictors of systems thinking ability of upper secondary school students


Roslan, Samsilah and Hasan, Syaza and Zaremohzzabieh, Zeinab and Mohamad Arsad, Nurazidawati (2021) Big five personality traits as predictors of systems thinking ability of upper secondary school students. Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, 29 (spec.1). 251 - 269. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534


Developing system thinking skills among secondary school students has been set as an educational goal for years. The emerging properties of a system have recently been influenced by the characteristics of each student. Thus, this study examines the Big Five personality traits as predictors of Malaysian school students‘ systems thinking. Quantitative data was obtained using a standardized questionnaire with established scales (the Goldberg’ International Personality Item Pool and the Systems Thinking Scale) from 196 upper secondary school students. The results indicate that personality traits affect secondary students‘ system thinking, and almost thirty percent of the variation in the Malaysian system thinking skill can be elucidated by its sub-domains. Although agreeableness has superior impacts on systems thinking, extraversion seems to have less importance on their systems thinking. The results also reveal the negative association between extraversion and neuroticism and systems thinking. We conclude that certain personality traits can improve systems thinking and promote students’ ability to solve complex problems. The implications of these findings for the enhancement of systems thinking among school students are discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.47836/pjssh.29.s1.14
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: Malaysia; Personality traits; Systems thinking; Secondary school students
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 03:16
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 03:16
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/96207
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