THE INFLUENCE OF PERSONALITY AND APPROACH TO LEARNING ON CRITICAL INFORMATION JUDGEMENT
Heinstrm, J., Abo Akademi University, Finland
In today's society where the information flow is ever growing it is getting more and more important to know how to judge information critically. This paper will discuss how critical information judgement partly seems to be linked to personality traits and approaches to learning. The results presented here were found in a study of 305 university students who completed the NEO Five-Factor Inventory measuring personality, the ASSIST test measuring approaches to learning and a questionnaire regarding information seeking behaviour. The study showed that the ability to judge information critically was linked to openness to experience, competitiveness and a deep approach to studying. Students with a surface approach to their studies experienced particular difficulties in questioning information. Personal characteristics of the student as well as interest for the subject might thus influence critical information judgement. In teaching of information literacy this larger perspective is important to consider.