n South African Journal of Education - Die persoonlikheidsamestelling van die beskeie leerder in die senior sekondêre skoolfase

Volume 23, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



According to literature modesty may be an indication of an unrealistic self-evaluation, insufficient assertiveness, a virtue or even ignorance of other people's view of the self. Modesty is also associated with such personality traits as reserve, timidity, inhibition, unassertiveness, lack of arrogance, unrealistic self-evaluation and ignorance. Modesty implies an inability to promote oneself and may impede on the forming of interpersonal relations and the self-actualisation of learners. The findings from the literature study are analysed in terms of the High School Personality Questionnaire (HSPQ) to suggest a personality profile for the modest learner. A number of hypotheses are stated regarding the personality traits of the modest learner and they were tested empirically by administering the HSPQ to 174 learners in Grade 11. The Pearson product moment correlation coefficients of the different HSPQ factors were calculated by means of the SAS programme and t tests were used. Low and moderate correlations were indicated for the HSPQ factors. No typical personality profile could be compiled for modest learners, but several personality traits which may be associated with modesty emerged from the study.

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