Critical Incidents During Collaboration of Students with Different Personality Profiles

Siew Fong Lin

Abstract


The objective of this study is to increase understanding on the collaborative writing process among students with different personality profiles. Students’ behavioural styles were assessed using LEONARD Personality Inventory (LPI). The 100-item LPI questionnaire was administered to the students to discover their respective personality profiles. This case study involved five Mass Communication students from a private institution of higher learning in Malaysia. Collection of data was conducted using video recordings, interviews, diary entries and observations. There were significant critical incidents identified in the course of collaboration. They, in turn, had mixed results on the task performance. It is recommended that instructors prepare students prior to allowing them to participate in collaborative writing sessions. Thus, outcomes from the collaboration can be improved.


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