The effects of neuroticism on pair programming: an empirical study in the higher education context

Norsaremah Salleh, Emilia Mendes, John Grundy, Giles St J. Burch

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Abstract

This paper reports on an empirical study that investigates the effects of the personality trait of neuroticism on the academic performance of students who practiced pair programming during one academic semester. The experiment was conducted at The University of Auckland involving 270 first year undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory programming course. In this study, we hypothesized that neuroticism or lack of 'emotional stability' potentially affects pair students' academic performance. However, from the analysis of our results we found lack of evidence to support this. A correlation analysis showed significant positive associations between the conscientiousness personality trait and almost all performance criteria, thus corroborating evidence reported in the educational psychology literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationESEM 2010 - Proceedings of the 2010 ACM-IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2010 - Bolzano-Bozen, Italy
Duration: 16 Sep 201017 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameESEM 2010 - Proceedings of the 2010 ACM-IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement

Conference

Conference4th International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2010
CountryItaly
CityBolzano-Bozen
Period16/09/1017/09/10

Keywords

  • conscientiousness
  • empirical investigation
  • five-factor model
  • formal experiment
  • higher education
  • pair programming
  • personality type

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