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Your Personality and Searching

I love this dissertation from 2004: “The impact of personality and approaches to learning on information behaviour” by Jannica Heinström in the Department of Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. I am always quoting it and telling people to read it so I maight as well make it easy to find through my blog!
You can dowload it here or here for free.
Previous studies have shown how personality influences learning strategies and learning outcome. In this study this will be taken further by combining personality and approaches to learning with information behaviour. The aim of this study is to show how the five traits of the Five-Factor Inventory related to the approaches to learning of the ASSIST-test affect information behaviour. The subjects will be approximately 500 university students writing their dissertation. The five key personality traits are extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness.
In a pilot study it was shown that personality traits can be related to approaches to learning. Moreover they seem to form distinctive information behaviour.
There’s a lot to learn here in the design of portals, services and virtual services.

Posted on: July 15, 2005, 4:52 pm Category: Uncategorized

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