ERIC Number: ED395907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Comparing University Students and Community College Students Learning Styles and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Preferences.
Herbster, Douglas L.; And Others
This document reports on a study to determine if there is a pattern between specific learning styles and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator preferences. The learning style inventory used for the study, "The Teaching and Learning Styles Survey for Adolescents (TLC)," is based on Jungian style preferences--thinker, feeler, sensor, and intuitor--each of which has distinctive characteristics that can be translated into behavior and perceptual preferences. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality assessment based on four aspects of human personality: how people interact with the world and direct their energy--extrovert vs. introvert; the kind of information naturally noticed--sensing vs. intuition; how decisions are made--thinking vs. feeling; and whether one prefers to live in a more structured way (making decisions) or in a more spontaneous way (taking in information)--judging vs. perceiving. The TLC inventory and the MBTI were administered to 71 community college science students and 119 teacher education students at a four-year university who were preparing to teach a variety of subjects on the secondary level. Analysis of the scores for both groups revealed that the TLC preference was predominantly thinker, and the MBTI profile of the majority of students is introvert, sensing, thinking, and judging. TLC and MBTI preferences are detailed for students in social sciences, mathematics, English, foreign languages, music, and physical education. The findings indicate that there are patterns between different areas of the TLC and the Myers-Briggs. Based on the study results, the recommendation is made that teachers at all levels should give a variety of inventories to their students to determine learning styles. (ND)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, College Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Liberal Arts, Measures (Individuals), Personality Assessment, Personality Measures, Physical Education, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Myers Briggs Type Indicator; Perceptual Preference; Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (St. Louis, MO, February 24-28, 1996).