Personality Traits and Further Training

Faculty/Professorship: Economics of Education  ; Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) 
Author(s): Laible, Marie-Christine; Anger, Silke  ; Baumann, Martina
Title of the Journal: Frontiers in psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
Year of publication: 2020
Volume: 11
Issue: 510537
Pages: 1-20
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.510537
The notion of lifelong learning is gaining importance, not only in the labor market but also
in other areas ofmodern societies. Previous research finds variation in occupation-related
training participation by worker and workplace characteristics, gender, and education.
However, evidence on the individual’s socio-emotional skills creating favorable conditions
for overall further training is scarce. To close this research gap, we analyze the role
of personality for further training participation. First, we compare how the Big Five
Personality Dimensions relate to different training types by differentiating between
non-formal and informal training measures. Second, we investigate how personality
traits affect further training chosen for occupational and private reasons separately.
Drawing on a sample of 10,559 individuals from the Adult Stage of the German National
Educational Panel Study (NEPS), we find that throughout our estimations, openness to
experience positively relates to further training participation and is the most important
determinant among the Big Five Personality Dimensions. However, the relationship
between personality traits and training participation varies according to the training type
and the reason for participating in further training. Moreover, we find gender-specific
differences in the association between personality traits and lifelong learning. We
conclude that personality is an important predictor of lifelong learning decisions.
GND Keywords: Persönlichkeitsfaktor; Offenheit; Lernmotivation; Weiterbildung; Lebenslanges Lernen
Keywords: Psychology ; socio-emotional skills ; further training participation rates ; NEPS ; lifelong learning ; continuing education ; Big Five—personality
RVK Classification: DW 1000     CP 3000   
Type: Article
Release Date: 27. May 2022