• Gabrijela Vrdoljak Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
  • Izabela Lovaković Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
  • Ana Kurtović Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek



goal orientations, personality traits, school achieve- ment


The aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of pre- dicting school achievement through personality traits and goal orientations. A total of 222 second, third and fourth grade high school students participated in the study (65.8% girls). The Big Five Inventory was used to measure the five personality traits (Ex- traversion, Neuroticism, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness and Openness to experience) and the Components of Self‒Regulated Learning was used for measuring three goal orientations: learning goal orientation, performance goal orientation and work‒avoid- ance goal orientation. As a measure of school achievement, the following was gathered: students’ previous grade point average, grade in Croatian language, mathematics, and first foreign lan- guage. The results of the hierarchical regression analyses sug- gested that Conscientiousness and Neuroticism are positive pre- dictors of GPA and the grade in the Croatian language. Further- more, Openness is a positive predictor, while Extraversion is a negative predictor of the grade in the first foreign language. Also, results have shown that learning goal orientation is a positive predictor of the grade in Croatian language. Finally, results have shown that learning goal orientation mediated the relationship between Conscientiousness and the grade in Croatian language.


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How to Cite

Vrdoljak, G., Lovaković, I., & Kurtović, A. PERSONALITY TRAITS, GOAL ORIENTATIONS AND SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT. Primenjena Psihologija, 11(3), 325–344.