Towards a personality understanding of information technology students and their IT learning in UAE university

Nabeel Al-Qirim, Kamel Rouibah, Ali Tarhini, Mohamed Adel Serhani, Aishah Rashid Yammahi, Maraim Ahmed Yammahi

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This research investigates the personality characteristics of Information Technology students (CIT) in UAE University (UAEU) and how such features impact their IT learning. To achieve this objective, this research attempts to explain the impact of the Big-5 factors on learning using survey research. Results from 179 respondents suggested that agreeableness, extraversion, openness, and conscientiousness respectively were the most important strategies adopted by CIT students. However, neuroticism scored the lowest. Such results could be attributed to personal as well as to cultural reasons as highlighted in this research. The research highlights theoretical as well as professional contributions and implications. Some of challenges in this research could be addressed by designing programs aiming at enhancing student’s learning ability from the perspective of their personal traits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Feb 7 2017



  • Big five personality traits
  • Culture
  • Higher education
  • Learning
  • UAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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