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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Why are ESTPs and ESFPs more at risk to drop out?

Written by Catherine Rains

Obviously what these two types share in common is the ESP combination. These types want to be actively engaged in the classroom, and if they aren’t, they will be easily distracted by what is happening outside. Students with SP preferences are the “fun seekers”, and often use their fun meter to measure whether what’s happening in the classroom is worth their time compared to what they could be doing elsewhere. Distractions could include a wide range of things including a job, a party, an academic club, someone walking by their classroom window, etc.

One of my favorite examples came from a good friend, with an ESTP preference, who dropped out of school during his junior year in college because a part-time job turned into a career opportunity. He thought working sounded more fun than finishing school, where he wasn’t very engaged in class. Good news is that he returned to school at age 40 to finish his degree, and eventually earned an MBA as well. But could anything have been done to keep him in school when he was 21?

Stay tuned for next week’s blog for some ideas on how to engage students with these preference types.

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