ERIC Number: ED430971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Measuring Personality Types of Secondary Pre-Service Teachers.
Mittag, Kathleen Cage; Agnello, Mary Frances
This study surveyed the personality types, as measured by the Personal Preferences Self-Descriptive Questionnaire (PPSDQ), of 226 preservice secondary teachers at a large, urban, public university. The study was designed to determine whether certain personality types gravitated to the teaching profession in secondary schools and to compare the results with results from other studies. Participating students completed the questionnaire during the fall of 1997, spring of 1998, and fall of 1998. Students from the fall of 1998 also specified their area of certification. Data analysis indicated that the results agreed with some prior research and disagreed with other prior research. The respondent group had an unusually large percentage of troubleshooters and more visionaries than found in previous research. The study group did not have an even distribution when classified by the 16 personality type combinations, and the distribution was statistically different from the national group. The study group had an unusually large number of introverts and intuitives compared to the national group and an unusually small number of extroverts and sensors. The analysis of the relationship between academic certification area and personality type was not statistically significant. (Contains 31 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (San Antonio, TX, January 21-23, 1999).