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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Personality Traits of Post-Secondary Online Instructors and Job Satisfaction
by Hellman, Henry, Ph.D., Grand Canyon University, 2019, 179; 13865933
Abstract (Summary)

With the increase in students choosing to complete coursework in the online environment, it is important to identify the significant factors related to the online teacher. At the time when this study was conducted, there was a need to explore the correlation between personality and job satisfaction among online post-secondary educators. Personality was expected to correlate with job satisfaction. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to determine whether and to what degree there is a relationship between personality and job satisfaction among post-secondary online instructors. The two theoretical foundations of this study were the Five Factor Model of Personality and Affective Event Theory. The researcher collected data using the Neuroticism-Extraversion-Openness Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI-3) and the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ). The study sample comprised seventy-five post-secondary instructors from the United States. The data analysis utilized bivariate correlations. The results showed there was a positive correlation between job satisfaction and conscientiousness (r = .305, p = .008) and job satisfaction and extraversion (r = .253, p = .03). The findings of this study could be of practical benefit to higher education institutions in the areas of hiring, personnel decisions, and the enhancement of job satisfaction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hakim, Amy
Commitee: Hovater, Scott, Ritter-Williams, Debbie
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Personality psychology, Educational technology, Higher education
Keywords: Conscientiousness, Enhancement of job satisfaction, Five Factor Model of Personality
Publication Number: 13865933
ISBN: 978-1-392-14262-2
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