A stocktake of the big five personality traits of UAE university students

Nabeel Al-Qirim, Aishah Rashid Yammahi, Maraim Ahmed Yammahi

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This research investigates the learning strategies of UAE University (UAEU) students. This research introduces a theoretical pedagogical framework made of the Big Five (BF) personality traits and attempts to explain their importance on learning using a survey research. A random sample of UAEU students resulted in having 179 responses. This research has theoretical as well professional contributions and contentions. At the theoretical level, we have seen how the BF personality traits have assisted in identifying the cognitive and the behavioral learning capabilities of UAEU students. The findings suggested that agreeableness, extraversion, openness, and conscientiousness respectively were the most important strategies adopted by UAEU students. Neuroticism scored the lowest mean average and hence, UAEU students negated being of a highly neurotic nature. This could be attributed to personal as well as to cultural reasons as highlighted in this research. Many of the enhancements could be achieved by designing programs aiming at enhancing student's learning capabilities and strategies. However, it is the cultural aspects that are more difficult to unveil and to address. Cultural issues require the cooperation and collaboration of the university and the community that surrounds learning in general and the family more specifically. Thus, the research outcomes would be of great importance to researchers, professionals and policymakers interested in addressing learning strategies of students. For example, professionals could capitalize on many of the suggestions in this research (i.e., enriching the lives of students in campus, endorse liking and trusting of others, etc.) to design and offer training programs and workshops aimed at students in universities and elsewhere. Policymakers could consider many of the suggestion made in this research to devise effective policies to enhance student learning strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL 2015
EditorsCarlton Watson
PublisherAcademic Conferences Limited
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781910810255
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event10th International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL 2015 - Nassau, Bahamas
Duration: Jun 25 2015Jun 26 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL
ISSN (Print)2048-8882
ISSN (Electronic)2048-8890


Other10th International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL 2015


  • Big five personality traits
  • Culture
  • Learning strategies
  • Professional and theoretical contributions
  • UAE university students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Education


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