Differences in personality factors and college major choice

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Smith, Jennifer
16 personality factor questionaire; College major; IDEA; Post secondary education; Special education; Transition
thesis / dissertation description
The transition from secondary education to post-secondary education is stressful for all students. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004) only mandates transition plans for students receiving special education services. Career assessments and transition services should encourage career exploration which requires students to have knowledge about oneself and the world of work. When career assessments provide students with this information, they may be more informed on what major to choose. The purpose of this study was to look at group differences among college majors and their personality factors as measured by the Sixteen Personality Questionnaire, 5th Edition (16PF-5). Significant differences among personality factors across major groups were found.