Approaches to learning and the acquisition of general knowledge

Furnham, Adrian, Christopher, Andrew N., Garwood, Jeanette and Martin, G. Neil (2007) Approaches to learning and the acquisition of general knowledge. Personality and Individual Differences, 43 (6). pp. 1563-1571. ISSN 0191-8869 (doi:10.1016/j.paid.2007.04.013)

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Four hundred and thirty students from four universities completed a well-validated general knowledge test (Irwing, Cammock, & Lynn, 2001), a learning styles questionnaire (Biggs, 1987), and a measure of the Big Five personality variables (Costa & McCrae, 1992). Correlational and regressional analysis indicated that over and above age and gender two factors were most predictive of general knowledge and accounted for around a fifth of the variance: a surface learning style and openness to experience. Results are discussed in terms of the aetiology of crystallised intelligence.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
ISI Impact: 7
Item ID: 3480
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2009 05:53
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:16

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