n South African Journal of Higher Education - The relationship between personality traits and self-directed learning readiness in higher education students

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This study investigated the relationship between personality traits and readiness for self-directed learning in university students. The participants completed the Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale (SDLRS) and the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF). The relationship between the SDLRS and the 16PF second-order factors was determined by means of multiple regression analysis. The results indicated that the 16PF Anxiety factor had the strongest unique relationship with the SDLRS total score, followed by Independence, Superego Strength and Sensitivity. It is concluded that certain personality traits act as predictors of readiness for self-directed learning. The results of the study imply that higher education institutions should facilitate environments in which these traits can be developed.

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