ERIC Number: ED215110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Personality Type and the Participation in Education of Older Adults.
Gerads, Betsy I.
A study was conducted to provide additional information for understanding the participation of older adults in educational activities. The general hypothesis was that a significant relationship exists between personality type and extent of participation in education of older adults. Questionnaires collected information from 52 volunteers from the Wilder Senior Citizen's Center and Wilder Senior Aides Program in St. Paul, Minnesota. Instruments used were the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS), a 70-item questionnaire to ascertain personal preferences of the respondent, and the Abbreviated Leisure Activities Survey (ALAS) that measures extent of participation. Findings showed that the older adult subjects were all involved in learning activities. On the KTS the majority of subjects scored high on the extroversion scale and low on the perception scale. The more extroverted and intuitive older adult was found to participate more in educational activities than persons scoring low on these variables. Implications and recommendations resulting from study findings concerned planning programs that appeal to extroverted and introverted personality types, planning educational experiences incorporating traits of intuities, focusing programs on practical hands-on learning experiences, and teacher understanding of people's personality types. (Survey instruments and data are appended.) (YLBl
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minnesota (Saint Paul)
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Minnesota.