Academic journal article The Journal of Educational Research

Relationship of Students' Perceptions about Teacher's Personality with Academic Achievement of Students

Academic journal article The Journal of Educational Research

Relationship of Students' Perceptions about Teacher's Personality with Academic Achievement of Students

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Abstract

This paper is based on a Ph. D research aimed at exploring the relationship of teacher's personality as perceived by the students with students' academic achievement. The major objective of study was to measure the perceptions of students about five dimensions of their teachers' personality (i.e. Extroversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism and Openness to Experience), and to identify the relationship between these five dimensions of teacher's personality and students' academic achievement. All male and female students studying subject of Psychology at Intermediate level in Government Colleges of Punjab province constituted the population. By using cluster random technique of sampling, 663 students (239 male and 424 female) were included in sample. Five-point Likert Scale was used as a research tool. It consisted of statements about teacher's personality and his/her teaching methodology based on The Big Five Personality Factor. Students ' obtained marks in the subject of Psychology Part-1 (grade eleven) served as academic achievement of students. Data were analyzed by applying 'z' test and Pearson 's coefficient of correlation. It was concluded that there was no significant difference between the academic achievement of male and female students, however, there was significant difference between the academic achievement of students belonging to upper and lower Punjab. Moreover, four factors of teachers' personality i.e. Extroversion (r=+0.52), Agreeableness (r=+0.39), Conscientiousness (r=+0.28), and Openness to Experience (r=+ 0.09) were positively correlated with the academic achievement of students while the fifth tactor of teacher'5 personality i.e. Neuroticism (r=~0.43) was negatively correlated with the academic achievement of students.

Keywords: Relationship, Student's Perceptions, Teacher's Personality and Academic Achievement.

Introduction

Interest in personality is as old as civilization. Ancient philosophers and poets often speculated about why individuals were unique and why they differed from each other in so The earliest approach to personality was Hippocrates (400 BC) who claimed that it was body fluids or homours which caused different people to have different personalities. There are many approaches to study an individual and with the passage of time emphasis has been shifted from ability testing to the study of personality as a whole (Bhattacharya, 2006) because personality is the consistent behaviour patterns and interpersonal processes originating within the individual (Burger, 2000). Most personality theorists, except Mischel, describe personality as a characteristic set of behaviours which are both learned and biological based (Flanagan, 1997).

Teacher and student are two important elements of education which enjoys the place of soul in the life of human beings because it is an integral part of life and growth (Salam, 2002). It is a lifelong experience of giving and taking of knowledge and its purpose is to teach a student how to live his life by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with the reality (Govindaraj, 2006). Hence, teachers are responsible for educating or teaching the students and the personality of a teacher is very important in this respect.

Teacher's personality is an essential factor in arranging the conditions of the learner's environment for effective teaching. Reports of great teachers usually stress their personalities, rather than their scholarship or technical teaching skills (Lew, 2009). For example, Gage (1983) indicated that the teacher's behavior is considered to be an expression of his personality. As a person, every teacher has a different set of characteristics and thus possesses different personality. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the greatest educator and the ideal model for all the educationists of the world and for all times to come, the highest and the most perfect personality that can ever evolve on earth (Niazi, 2002). …

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