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Research Article

Personality and Learning Effectiveness of Teams in Information Systems Education Courses

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.25-9-2018.155572,
        author={Masashi Shuto and Hironori Washizaki and Yoshiaki Fukazawa and Shoso Yamato and Masashi Okubo and Bastian Tenbergen},
        title={Personality and Learning Effectiveness of Teams in Information Systems Education Courses},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning},
        keywords={Information system education, Software engineering education, Team communication, Team coordination, Five factor model, Personality characteristics, Problem-based learning},
  • Masashi Shuto
    Hironori Washizaki
    Yoshiaki Fukazawa
    Shoso Yamato
    Masashi Okubo
    Bastian Tenbergen
    Year: 2018
    Personality and Learning Effectiveness of Teams in Information Systems Education Courses
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.25-9-2018.155572
Masashi Shuto1, Hironori Washizaki1,2,3,4,*, Yoshiaki Fukazawa1, Shoso Yamato5, Masashi Okubo6, Bastian Tenbergen7
  • 1: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2: National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan
  • 3: SYSTEM INFORMATION CO., LTD., Tokyo, Japan
  • 4: eXmotion Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
  • 5: Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 6: NEC Management Partner, Tokyo, Japan
  • 7: State University of New York at Oswego, NY, USA
*Contact email: washizaki@waseda.jp


The goal of this paper is to clarify the optimal combination of team members to maximize the learning effectiveness in information systems education courses. We surveyed the correlation of students’ five factor model personalities and the learning effectiveness, which is the amount of increase in team management or technical knowledge, and skill, which is the IPA common carrier skill framework based on SFIA. Specifically, we targeted were three actual courses (a System Development Project course, an IT Management Project course, and an Application Development Project course) to elucidate the relationships between personality characteristics and learning effectiveness. Although individual students’ personality characteristics are not strongly related to learning effectiveness, team personality characteristics are related to learning effectiveness. In particular, Neuroticism and Conscientiousness characteristics are negatively correlated to learning effectiveness.