The Relationships Among Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, and Preference for Deep or Surface Learning in Gifted Students — Shelagh Gallagher
Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 202
Personality research has documented that individuals with advanced cognitive ability are likely to be highly Open to Experience, while high achievers tend to be Conscientious. Additionally, the literature suggests that individuals high in Openness to Experience tend to prefer constructivist learning strategies, while Conscientious individuals tend to rely on self-regulation strategies. These trends could have implications regarding identification and curricular modifications in gifted programs; however, there is little research on these relationships using samples of gifted students. This presentation will begin with an overview of the relevant literature and then present data regarding the frequency of preference for Openness or Conscientiousness in samples of gifted students and the relationship between those preferences and a preference for Deep or Surface Learning strategies.