Identifying the Relationship between Personality Traits, Unique App, Unique Strategy, and Mobile Task Performance of Undergraduate Learners

  • Author / Creator
    Wasniewski, Ewa J
  • This study investigated personality and mobile use of undergraduate student learners at an undergraduate university in Western Canada. The study included 262 participants enrolled in first- and second-year psychology and business courses. Participants were administered a mobile experience questionnaire, Big Five Inventory (BFI) and four researcher-generated mobile tasks. Quantitative analysis was used to determine the relationship and clusters of four constructs: prior mobile experience, unique app use, unique strategy use, and personality traits. Frequency counts determined that 261 participants own their own mobile device, on average five unique apps were used to complete all mobile tasks and three unique strategies were used over all by each participant. A cluster analysis was conducted to identify two distinct clusters which emerged amongst the participants. The larger cluster (55%) ranked high in extraversion and openness, and low on unique strategy use while the smaller cluster (45%) ranked high in agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism as well as unique strategy use. Despite how close these two clusters seem to be, there is a difference as reported by the significant regression result. The implications of this study warrant further investigation of undergraduate students’ use of mobile strategies for mobile literacy development. Instructors, librarians, and curriculum developers need to consider using mobile devices to support diverse learning and mobile literacy development in postsecondary courses.

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    Spring 2020
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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