An empirical study of the effects of personality in pair programming using the five-factor model

Norsaremah Salleh, Emilia Mendes, John Grundy, Giles St. J Burch
2009 2009 3rd International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement  
Pair Programming (PP) has been long researched in industry and academia. Although research evidence about its usefulness is somewhat inconclusive, previous studies showed that its use in an academic environment can benefit students in programming and design courses. In our study, we investigated the "human" aspect of PP; in particular the effects that personality attributes may have on PP's effectiveness as a pedagogical tool. We conducted a formal experiment at the University of Auckland to
more » ... y of Auckland to investigate the influence of personality differences among paired students using the Five-Factor Model as a personality measurement framework. The aim of our study was to improve the implementation of PP as a pedagogical tool through understanding the impact the variation in the personality profile of paired students has towards their academic performance. Our findings showed that differences in personality traits did not significantly affect the academic performance of students who pair programmed. In addition, the majority (88%) of students were satisfied with the PP experience and 87% responded that their confidence level increased when pairing.
doi:10.1109/esem.2009.5315997 dblp:conf/esem/SallehMGB09 fatcat:4vs2qhvzvbabzevsw3tp2mwt6y