ERIC Number: ED404688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
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Personal Orientations as a Bridge: Using the Myers-Briggs Typology To Understand the Major Paradigms of Communication Theory.
Swan, Susan Z.
To combat the complaint that theory is abstract and without connection to real life, interpersonal communication instructors can use students' own theories about life--as represented through the dimensions of the Myers-Briggs Typology--as a starting point to understanding scholarly theory. Two of the Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator dimensions in particular, the Sensing-Intuiting dimension and the Thinking-Feeling dimension, when combined offer a striking insight into "traditional" and "alternative" worldviews in the field, and thus allow students an understanding of how disciplinary paradigms may reflect personal worldviews. Students enjoy this approach and see, to their surprise, that theorists are one of them--people with a preferred way of making sense of the world who use this to think about communication phenomena in particular ways. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Myers Briggs Type Indicator