Learning Styles & Personality Type Profile

For this post I completed two online tests that look at personality and learning styles. The first is the Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test, a 72 question test that results in a 4-letter type based on the Myers Briggs scale (which is based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ personality typologies.) The 4 letters refer to types on a scale between two letters: Extraversion/Intraversion; Intuition/Sensing; Feeling/Thinking; Perceiving/Judging. The Myers & Briggs Foundation describes each of these ranges as:
  • Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I): Outwardly or inwardly focused
  • Sensing (S) or Intuition (N): Focus on the basic information or interpret and add meaning
  • Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): Logic and consistency or people and circumstances
  • Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): Focus on the destination or the journey (The Myers & Briggs Foundation, n.d.)

Your answers to the questions determine where you are on the scale and whether you have a marginal or no, slight, moderate, or distinctive preference for one over the other. My results are below:
(Humanmetrics,n.d.)
These results did not surprise me in the least. I am an introverted extravert, meaning I love to be in the middle of everything, but need some time alone to read my book or I get crabby. While I pay a great deal of attention to the world around me, the reality I can observe with my senses, in the end I process that information to understand the world as patterns and possibilities, and the underlying meaning. When making decisions, I try to be fair, truthful, and logical, but think that other people’s feeling and life situations trump fairness. I was a little surprised by my preference of feeling over thinking only because “feelers” are supposedly tactful and I generally succeed at being blunt to the point of painfulness (although not meaning to hurt feelings!) Preferring perceiving over judging probably surprises me the least because while I make to do lists that is only because I’m often too busy catching up on all the things I haven’t done yet that I need some semblance of order. I tend not to plan, am easily distracted by shiny objects, and, in this overly kind description of procrastination, “I am stimulated by an approaching deadline” (The Myers & Briggs Foundation, n.d.)

The second test I took was the Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire from North Carolina State University. My results are below:
(Felder & Soloman, n.d.)
Like the previous test, this questionnaire results in 4 scales: Active/Reflective; Sensing/Intuitive; Visual/Verbal; Sequential/Global.  A score of 1-3 means that you well balanced; 5-7 means you have a moderate preference; 9-11 means you have a distinctive preference.

The results of this test also did not surprise me. I like to think things through then get my hands dirty, so am fairly balances with regards to active versus reflective. The results from the Humanmetrics test above concur with the moderate preference for intuition over sensing – I like to  work fast and dislike memorization and repetition. I know I have a strong preference for verbal over visual. I often use the GPS program on my phone to get directions. I can stare at the map, but won’t really understand how to get to a place, even when the map is familiar to me, until I read the directions. I usually refer back to the written directions over the map. Lastly, I am a global learner. I think this number would have been a 9 if not for the questions about math (I’d have to do them step by step because I just don’t remember how to do math!) I sort of absorb information from many sources or the environment in general until it all clicks.

What does this all mean for learning and teaching? For learning, this means I thrive in classes or learning experiences that I can do on “my time.” It also means that I need to make a conscious effort to plan and schedule or I end up not getting my work done timely. As a teacher, I also need to make sure I plan things out very well not only for the next class, but for the semester and year. I need to make sure I can explain the steps as well as the overall process. I find that I get frustrated with people when they don’t just “get” something. This exercise has given me some insight here – as an intuitive global learner, I’ve probably been absorbing information from the environment and processing how it fits into an overall pattern without even knowing I’m doing it. My husband described this to me this morning as my brain being in a constant observation on position.

The most interesting part of this exercise? If I were an animal, I would be dolphin(Burton, 2012.) If I were a Marvel superhero, I’d be Charles Xavier (Marvel, 2013.) If I were a Harry Potter character, I’d be Ron Weasley (Harry Potter, n.d.) And, if I were a Lord of the Rings character, I’d be Arwen (Dye, 2013.) I’m in good company.

References
Burton, S. A. (2012, June 20). What’s your animal personality type? Retrieved December 7, 2013, from http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/whats-your-animal-personality-type
Dye, A. (2013, November 11). Which Lord of the Rings personality type are you? Retrieved December 7, 2013, from http://churchm.ag/lord-of-the-rings-personality-types/
Felder, R. M., & Soloman, B. A. (n.d.). Index of learning styles questionnaire. Retrieved December 7, 2013, from http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html
Harry Potter MTBI chart. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2013, from http://imgur.com/iRCaD4u
Humanmetrics. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2013, from http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp
Marvel meets Myers-Briggs. (2013, November 18). Retrieved December 7, 2013, from http://www.elephantrobot.com/2013/11/marvel-myers-briggs.html

The Myers & Briggs Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved December 7, 2013, from http://www.myersbriggs.org/

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