PERCIEVED INFLUENCE OF SELECTED PERSONALITY TRAITS ON SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ JOB PERFORMANCE IN YOLA EDUCATION ZONE OF ADAMAWA STATE, NIGERIA

Ruth Zakka, DZarma Sa'Adu, Yusuf Benedict Garba, Mary Ikiriki Egorp

Abstract


This study investigated perceived influence of chosen personality traits on secondary school teachers’ job performance in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. Correlational survey research design was adopted for the study. The population was 6071 teachers. Total samples of 624 teachers were sampled for the study. The study employed the multistage sampling procedure. The instruments used for data collection were the Big Five Personality Inventory of Personality Traits (BFPT) and Teachers’ Job Performance Questionnaire (TJPQ). The instruments were validated by experts from the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences Education. The reliability of the instruments was tested using Cronbach Alpha statistic. The reliability coefficients obtained were 0.79 for BFPT and 0.80 for TJPQ. The findings of the study revealed that teachers demonstrated high levels of neurotic personality trait (grand mean of 3.91) and extraversion personality trait (grand mean of 3.90). There is a significant relationship between neurotic personality trait and perceived job performance of teacher in secondary schools in Adamawa state (r= 0.62, p = 0.00< 0.05). There is a strong and positive significant relationship between extraversion personality trait and perceived job performance of teachers in secondary schools in Adamawa state (r= 0.73, p = 0.00 < 0.05). The study concluded that personality traits have relationship with teacher’s job performance in public secondary schools in Adamawa State. Based on these findings, it was recommended that government should make it a policy matter to evaluate teachers’ personality traits on quarterly basis to improve effective administration and job performance in secondary schools. Authorities concerned should assess the personality traits of teachers while promoting them to the rank of principals.


Keywords


Personality, Traits, neurotic traits, extraversion traits, job performance.

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