Psychological Type is one of the most complete models that explain the different Learning Styles. The model describes the different ways in which people process information and takes their decisions, as well as their styles of interaction in the world.
Information on student’s psychological type holds implications far beyond school:
- It can contribute to the intelligent rearing, teaching and overall understanding of students.
- It can help students to better understand themselves and to improve relationships with teachers, parents and friends.
- By identifying individual strengths students can strengthen self-esteem, enhance achievement and build social interaction skills.
- By identifying their stretches, students will recognize which tasks will require them to adjust, will take more energy, will be initially more difficult, and they will feel glad when the task is completed; otherwise they tend to feel like they are failing or falling behind at something and may not ask for help.
The goal of using this model in schools and universities is not to make a perfect world for each learner but to understand the variety of options available to help learners manage their styles and reach their objectives.
When teachers learn and apply type concepts, first, they realize how their own strengths and type influence what they see is the right way to teach and learn and then they are better able to accommodate the differences between individual students, offering the students options when:
- Structuring Instruction
- Differentiating assignments
- Adapting assessment to more accurately measure learning
- Encouraging Classroom participation
- Developing Team building skills
- Improving conflict management skills
- Creating Learning habits
- Enriching Student/Teacher Interactions
- Creating Time management habits
Advantages for Schools:
Awareness of type may:
Source: The Chemistry of Personality – Elizabeth Murphy. Jane Kise – Differentiation through Personality Types; APTi Bulletin of Psychological Type Vol 32 n 3 APTI Bi Annual Conference Elizabeth Murphy – Dallas 2009 MMTIC Training Program
- Improve classroom climate
- Help promote individual achievement
- Facilitate team building among teachers
- Encourage individual responsibility for learning
- Provide a framework for lesson design that accommodates all learning approaches