Does homework behavior mediate the relation between personality and academic performance?

TitleDoes homework behavior mediate the relation between personality and academic performance?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsLubbers, MJ, Werf, VDMPC, Kuyper, H, Hendriks, AAJ
JournalLearning and Individual Differences
Volume3
Start Page203-208
Issue20
KeywordsPersonality traits; Academic performance; Homeworkbehavior; Secondary education
Abstract

Past research has consistently shown that there is a relation between personality and academic performance, but much less work has focused on explaining this relation. The present study examined whether three aspects of homeworkbehavior, namely homework time, procrastination, and learning strategies, mediate the relation between personality and academic performance, controlling for cognitive ability, track level, gender, and ethnicity. We investigated this in a nationally representative sample of about 9000 secondary school students in The Netherlands (average age 13 years). Results indicated that all personality traits were related to homeworkbehavior, and that both personality and homeworkbehavior were related to end-of-year grades in math and Dutch language. Nevertheless, homeworkbehavior only partially mediated the relation between personality and grades.

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