Selecting future teachers: the predictive validity of communication skills, personality and academic achievement in the admission process at an Asian University/ Richard J. Holmes, Marina Mohamed Arif and Lee Lai Fong

Richard J., Holmes and Marina, Mohamed Arif and Lee Lai, Fong (2009) Selecting future teachers: the predictive validity of communication skills, personality and academic achievement in the admission process at an Asian University/ Richard J. Holmes, Marina Mohamed Arif and Lee Lai Fong. Asian Journal of University Education, 5 (1). pp. 119-136. ISSN 1823-7797

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Abstract

This paper studies the relationship between communication skills, personality factors and performance in secondary school and academic success in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) programme in a Malaysian university. It was found that three specific skills: fluency, clarity and language use were modestly predictive of success over the first six semesters of the degree programme but that personality traits and general and educational knowledge were not. Performance on the Malaysian secondary school examination, especially in maths, also predicted academic success. It was also found that the qualities assessed at the interview were barely detectable by lecturers a little more than two years later although communicative skills were somewhat more so than the others. The findings suggest that when students are studying in the medium of a second language, communicative competence and prior academic achievement, possibly reflective of underlying general intelligence are important factors contributing to academic success.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsID Num.
Richard J., HolmesUNSPECIFIED
Marina, Mohamed ArifUNSPECIFIED
Lee Lai, FongUNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education
ISSN: 1823-7797
Volume: 5
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 119-136
Item ID: 366
Uncontrolled Keywords: selection, university admission, communication skills, personality, intelligence
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 02:25
Depositing User: Staf Pendigitalan 1
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/366

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