The effects of certain personality and related variables on academic achievement

No Thumbnail Available



Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title



This study investigated the possible effects of certain personality and related variables on performance in the 1977 General Certificate of Education (GCE) examinations of a group of Sixth Form students attending Jamaican high schools. Data were obtained from a sample of 163 students (70 boys, 93 girls) from five high schools in the Corporate Area of Kingston and St. Andrew. Results of the data analysis showed that: 1) personality variables affected achievement both directly and indirectly; 2) the best predictors of A'Level achievement were (a) Previous Examination Successes, Perception of Teachers, and Study Habits, for the total sample; (b) Previous Examination Successes, Early Educational Considerations, and Sociability for the male sample; and (c) Previous Examination Successes, Academic Orientation (negatively) and Perception of Teachers, for the female sample; and 3) Ascendancy (Low), Course Preference, and Authoritarianism (Low) emerged as the best predictors for the Science-based sample, and Perception of Teachers, Authoritarianism (Low), and Ascendancy for the Arts-based sample


Table of Contents