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Friday, August 13, 2010

Linking #MBTI® Personality Type to Learning Style - Strategies and Insights

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It’s back-to-school time once again! What better way to start the school year than by having some MBTI® type learning strategies handy? In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting learning strategies from Introduction to Type® and Learning by Donna Dunning for each of the 16 MBTI types on our CPP Education Facebook page.

According to the booklet, personality type plays a significant part in an individual’s learning style, influencing what and how that person prefers to learn. Consider trying out some new strategies based on both your preferred personality type as well as opposite your own. This way you’ll learn to be more flexible with your approach to learning under varying circumstances. Here are a few of the many insights picked up from the booklet for each of the 8 preferences:

Extraverts prefer to learn by:

  • Being active and interactive
  • Plunging in and doing something.
  • Changing learning topics, tasks, and activities relatively frequently.
Introverts prefer to learn by:

  • Working on a task in a quiet space. 
  • Understanding material by reflecting on it. 
  • Having access to additional information for studying in depth.
Sensing types prefer to learn by:

  • Engaging in “hands-on” learning. 
  • Using visual aids such as color highlighting, videos and diagrams.
  • Focusing first on memorizing specific facts and details of the material to be learned.
Intuitive types prefer to learn by:

  • Exploring concepts, extrapolating data, and finding patterns. 
  • Using symbols, metaphors, associations, or abstractions to represent ideas. 
  • Mapping out concepts or creating theoretical frameworks.
Thinking types prefer to learn by:

  • Exploring logical consequences and implications. 
  • Having clear evaluation and performance criteria.
  • Debating, questioning, and critiquing information.
Feeling types prefer to learn by:

  • Focusing on the effects of ideas and information on people. 
  • Connecting with other learners. 
  • Mentoring, helping, cooperating, or collaborating.
Judging types prefer to learn by:

  • Structuring and scheduling time and tasks. 
  • Clarifying others’ expectations. 
  • Starting early and completing projects well before deadlines when possible.
Perceiving types prefer to learn by:

  • Approaching learning in an open-ended, flexible way. 
  • Using a variety of information sources. 
  • Taking advantage of last-minute or unexpected opportunities.
Introduction to Type® and Learning is packed with more insights, strategies and even checklists to help you become familiar with and adopt new learning styles. These are especially helpful to share with your students as they adjust to their classes and pick up new learning habits. I hope you enjoy the posts to come!

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