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Relationship between novice versus experienced EFL teacher’s Big Five personality traits and their ambiguity tolerance and risk taking

Omid Rezaei (Independent Researcher, Isfahan, Iran)
Mehrdad Vasheghani Farahani (Universitat Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany)
Fatemeh Musaei Sejzehei (Independent Researcher, Isfahan, Iran)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 29 January 2019

Issue publication date: 18 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the possible relationship between novice vs experienced EFLs teachers’ Big Five personality traits, ambiguity tolerance and risk taking. To this purpose, 30 teachers of TEFL courses were randomly selected, and three instruments of NEO Five-Factor Inventory, Ambiguity Tolerance Scale and Risk-taking Propensity Measure were employed to measure their Big Five personality traits, their ambiguity tolerance and risk taking, respectively.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was a quantitative ex post facto study. The first phase of the study was to investigate the relationship among variables of the study. On the other hand, the second phase of the study examined the impact of experience of teachers on their risk taking and ambiguity tolerance.

Findings

The results showed that the more experienced the teachers are, the less risk they take and the more ambiguity tolerant they are. On the other hand, the less experienced the teachers are, the more risk they will take and the less they can tolerate ambiguity. The findings of this research can have useful implications for teacher training programs as well as teaching practices.

Originality/value

This study can add to the circle of knowledge and enhance theoretical assumptions of the field. Moreover, considering the Iranian context, a few studies have focused on the importance of uncovering relationship between five big personality traits and teachers’ personality factors. Therefore, this study is an attempt to investigate the relationship between the Big Five personality traits of teachers and their ambiguity tolerance and risk taking.

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Citation

Rezaei, O., Vasheghani Farahani, M. and Musaei Sejzehei, F. (2019), "Relationship between novice versus experienced EFL teacher’s Big Five personality traits and their ambiguity tolerance and risk taking", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 342-351. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-08-2018-0172

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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