Personality correlates of classroom seating position

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Abstract

Based on evidence that physical space serves to regulate the intensity of perceived threat, and that the experience of threat is mediated by personality characteristics, it was predicted that peripherally seated students in the classroom would have poorer self-concepts and greater personal space needs than centrally seated students. Personality, personal space, and attitudinal measures (e.g., Self-Esteem Inventory, School Sentiment Index) were administered to 9 classes of high school students (181 9th-22th graders). Comparisons of extreme sections of the classroom revealed a significant polarization of student traits on 3 categories of variables dominated by self-concept and class participation issues. Results support the notion that differential participation and physical isolation are closely related to self-concept. (37 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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