A Study of the Relationship Between Tutor's Personality and Teaching Effectiveness: Does culture make a difference?

  • Bobbie Chan
Keywords: Chinese Assessment Inventory, tutor effectiveness, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, personality, Chinese


Good tutoring requires appropriate interpersonal and pedagogical skills. Tutor personality is a major factor affecting how tutors communicate and deals with students, and yet it is a largely unexplored context of distance education. Using the Chinese Personality Assessment Inventory (CPAI)* this paper examines how the personality of tutors’ affects their teaching effectiveness at a distance learning institution in Hong Kong. The results are compared to those reported by Chan (2001) in a similar study using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The results indicate that certain scales on the Chinese Tradition factor of the CPAI are significantly related to tutors’ teaching performance, and that the MBTI could not subsume all the CPAI scales. Future research with the CPAI should explore whether this Chinese Tradition factor is unique to the Chinese culture or whether it comprises elements of a universal domain useful in understanding key interpersonal aspects of personality that have been absent from Western personality inventories.

Author Biography

Bobbie Chan
Bobbie Chan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the School of Business and Administration, The Open University of Hong Kong. Her main research areas include cross cultural management, group processes and leadership, and pedagogical issues in distance education.
How to Cite
Chan, B. (2002). A Study of the Relationship Between Tutor’s Personality and Teaching Effectiveness: Does culture make a difference?. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v3i2.110
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