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MBTI as a Pedagogical Tool

Do we all learn in the same way? Distance classes during the pandemic motivated a series of interesting research on learning through computer screens.

Roughly speaking, different studies have shown that introverts are more likely to adapt to classes and remote work than extroverts. These, divided into other series of types, form – according to our base of studies, 16 different personality types, with very similar predispositions to desires, affinities, and choices.

It is very common for us to see how this happens when analysing different cultures, it is known that the English tend to be more closed off than the Italians, for example. So, yes, our problem considers that the sociocultural context in which people live influences their personalities. But a trip these days to one of these two countries is enough to see that, in addition to a predominant type, they are all there! The sixteen personality types are among bank clerks, teachers, bus drivers, and social influencers.

And it was following a line of reasoning like this that companies started to use this personality study methodology, different types of people are better suited to different types of work! Now… come on, learnwithscience brings this solution to the problems of job and personality inadequacy to the field of distance education. Not only as a source of study but as a guiding principle for the entire student experience with us.

Imagine that, when you enter a language school, even before the first class, the person who will teach already knows much more about you than your best friend. Exaggerations aside, knowing a person’s personality can make your way of initiating a conversation more pleasant for both of you.

Language teaching is, above all, a gateway to a cultural experience between tutor and student who, in addition to the language, share personality traits that bring expectations closer to results. We started from MBTI, let’s see how it works?

The term MBTI is the acronym for Myers Briggs Types-Indicator is an instrument for identifying characteristics, personality traits, and personal preferences. The test is based on Carl G. Jung’s theories of psychological types and describes sixteen different personality types from the way we interact in the world.

The thesis defended by the authors – mother and daughter – is that variations in human behaviour, apparently random, are consistent, follow a pattern, and, therefore, can be identified and categorized.

Where does your energy come from? Are you extroverted or introverted? Do you take in information by intuition, or do you prefer to use your senses? And your decisions? Are they predominantly taken with reason or with emotion? And finally, how do you live your life? Do you like things under control or, let it be?!

What the authors assume is that we have a predominant way of interpreting our experiences and that these underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation. Therefore, getting to know our students allows us to start with a range of options for activities and approaches that prove to be more efficient and enjoyable!

We know our tutors, we know their affinities, tastes, and hobbies, we know their personality type and we match their profile with that of students who seek the experience of teaching languages at our school. Nice, isn’t it? If you like this idea, come learnwithscience with us!


References 

Briggs, K. C. (1976). Myers-Briggs type indicator. Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.

Moller, L., & Soles, C. (2001). Myers Briggs type preferences in distance learning education. International Journal of Educational Technology, 2(2).

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