Different Learning Styles: Exploring the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

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Different Learning Styles: Exploring the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator


Thesis: Students on a secondary level of education will learn more effectively if their MBTI have been assessed and accommodated to.

All students process information differently. These differences can be explained using the Myers-Briggs type indicator. Students on a secondary level of education will learn more effectively if their MBTI have been assessed and accommodated to.

The Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI) is a type of personality test to determine a person’s personality type and thus their learning style. The MBTI is based on the work of the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung and the American mother and daughter team of researchers; Katherine Briggs
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Sensing type people prefer concrete, practical facts. The Center for Applied Psychological Type reported that 56-72% of freshman students at state universities were sensing type students, and 92% of Rhodes scholars are intuitive type students (Brightman). Intuitors are much more imaginative, and prefer extracting meaning from information that is more abstract (Personality Pathways).

The third set of preferences relates to how we make decisions. Thinkers make very logical and analytical decisions, concentrating on accomplishing tasks and results. Feelers tend to base their decisions on how they may affect others. They take a humanistic approach to things (Personality Pathways).

The fourth set of preferences relates to task completion. Judging people are quick to take action, focusing on only the essential information, and quick to complete the task. Perceptive people spend most of their time collecting data and wait till the last minute to begin the task (Brightman).

According to the Learning to learn….with Style program, knowing their MBTI type will benefit students by giving them insight and understanding of the way they learn. They can then help themselves by “understanding what they need and what works best for them in all aspects of their lives”. Professor Richard M. Felder from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the North Carolina State University explains the benefits of a teacher’s…