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Using the MBTI in Education in the Way It Was Designed

Dec 14, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

This article was written by CPP’s Divisional Director of Research Rich Thompson and originally published on the NCDA website on December 1, 2016. To read the article in its original format, click here.  The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is commonly used for career exploration at numerous college counseling offices, and many Psychology and Business departments offer courses using the instrument, too. In spite of – or perhaps because of – its widespread use, there has arisen much debate about its application and value. Should the MBTI be used in education? As the person primarily in charge of updating the instrument for the publisher for the past decade, I can attest that the answer isn’t a simple “yes” or “no”. It depends entirely on what you are using it for. The MBTI assessment is somewhat unconventional both in its origins and its applications, and this can be disconcerting to some researchers and academics. As Murad Ahmed (2016) recently observed, it was “not the invention of white coats in laboratories or tweed jackets at universities.” Nor does it measure things in which research psychologists are typically interested, such as performance potential, pathology, or selection for certain roles. For these reasons, many in established circles of academic psychology do not value its insights. Yet millions of people and thousands of organizations find it tremendously useful. Who is right? And how do you determine whether the MBTI is an effective tool for your particular setting? In education, there are a few questions to ask. What Does the MBTI Measure? The MBTI is designed to measure personality preferences along four dimensions (Kirby and Myers, 1998): Where people prefer to focus their attention and get energy (Extraversion or Introversion) The way they prefer to take in information (Sensing or Intuition) The way they prefer to make decisions (Thinking or Feeling) How they orient themselves to the external world (Judging or Perceiving) Individuals are assigned a four-letter type based on their preferences for each dimension (making a total of 16 possible personality type combinations). There are no right or wrong preferences, and each identifies normal and valuable human behaviors. What is the MBTI’s Scientific Basis? Isabel Briggs Myers worked with Educational Testing Service, a major test publisher, in developing the instrument, and twenty years of research preceded its initial 1962 publication. It conforms to all requirements for educational and psychological tests, is continually updated, and...

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Putting E–I and S–N together to support student success, Part 3

Jun 6, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

The first step in teaching students to thrive in any classroom is to have them identify the teaching style of their teachers...

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USC Marshall School of Business Finds Students 75% More Engaged with Strong Interest Inventory

Jun 2, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

With an emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, collaborative research and social responsibility, the USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment. Their guiding philosophy – success demands an understanding of the inner workings of the global marketplace –has established USC Marshall as a leader among the nation’s premier business schools. USC Marshall provides powerful global experiences across a range of disciplines and interests, and was the first school to require international travel and study projects as an integral part of every MBA degree. In addition, Marshall’s Global Leadership and Learning about International Commerce programs were the first of their kind available to freshman students and USC itself is home to more international students than any other American university. We all know that leaders of tomorrow (and the students of today) need a mindset that allows them to effortlessly cross boundaries, whether those borders are international, cultural or disciplinary. The innovative Marshall curriculum allows for customization because their students have diverse backgrounds, interests and aspirations. One of the many tools that Marshall has used to successfully help students explore disciplines and interests is the Strong Interest Inventory. Take a look below at how this prestigious business school has used the Strong assessment to increase engagement, help students determine major options and career choices, and overall help their students become the globally-minded leaders that USC is known to produce. Source: TechValidate. TVID: 182-6CD-F62   To learn more about the Strong Interest Inventory, visit www.cpp.com/strong. If you’re already using the Strong Interest Inventory, check out the free resources at the Career Ready, Career Strong page here. TechValidate is a third party research firm that collects information from verified CPP customers, checks the accuracy and authenticity of the data and publishes statistics, deployment facts, and the unfiltered voice of the end-user, without any editorial/analyst commentary, to a research portal open to the public. Click here to access CPP’s customer research...

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Anderson University Career Services Finds Success with Strong Tool

Apr 29, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the South by both U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Anderson University in South Carolina is a comprehensive institution offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 36 majors and 38 concentrations. In addition, Anderson recently announced the creation of a new college to expand education in their health care programs with the College of Health Professionals, emerging June 2016, and including distinct areas of study in Nursing, Human Performance, and Physical Therapy. Anderson University is committed to the success of its many diverse students who have just as many diverse interests. In her position as Director of Career Services, Kelly A. Bell manages the offering of many of the services that Anderson University offers in its Career Services Center and ensures they’re continuing availability to students and alumni. Anderson University offers assessments to aid students in their career path and interest exploration in addition to other services such as: – Resume and Cover Letter Preparation Assistance – Job Search Techniques and Assistance – Interviewing and Networking Skills – Recruitment Activities (On and Off Campus) – Graduate School Information – Internship Information – On Campus Interviews Read below how Kelly and Anderson University have found the Strong Interest Inventory to be a valuable part of their Career Services Center offering.                                                               To learn more about the Strong Interest Inventory, visit www.cpp.com/strong. If you’re already using the Strong Interest Inventory, check out the free resources at the Career Ready, Career Strong page here. TechValidate is a third party research firm that collects information from verified CPP customers, checks the accuracy and authenticity of the data and publishes statistics, deployment facts, and the unfiltered voice of the end-user, without any editorial/analyst commentary, to a research portal open to the public. Click here to access CPP’s customer research...

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“I’m Both!”

Mar 29, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

How many times have you heard that statement? It’s not surprising, since for many people the MBTI model of looking at preferences is a new way of looking at themselves.

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Square Pegs in Round Holes

Mar 25, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

So you’re doing an MBTI® preference pair activity where you have people form two groups—one for each preference—and there’s someone in one of those groups who just doesn’t seem to belong there but who swears that the group is in fact the right one. Here are a few ways to handle this kind of situation:

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Career Ready, Career Strong

Mar 18, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

As a career counselor and academic advisor, you want your students to have the best tools to prepare for the future—preferably before the last minute. That’s why, as your expert personal guide, we’ve created a “Career Ready, Career Strong” toolkit based on the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment to help you promote your career services and get your students on the right track sooner. This toolkit includes: •A fun, interactive social media video to help you establish your brand and engage with students •Social media content for you to leverage and build a greater online presence •Student take-home flyer on the importance of using the Strong assessment for career exploration •Customizable flyer to aid in promoting your services on campus •Embeddable video, “How to Choose a Career Based on Interests” •Strong sample reports We hope you find these resources useful! In fact, we would love to hear how you have used this toolkit to increase student engagement. Just visit cpp.com/careerstrong to share your story and get a free ebook....

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Clarifying Clarity

Mar 3, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Questions often come up from MBTI® practitioners and respondents alike on the meaning of the “preference clarity” information on their MBTI® Profile or Interpretive Report....

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Looking at the Strong Scales as Puzzle Pieces

Feb 4, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

When we have a client with unique results on the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment, we practitioners can find ourselves doing a double take … or at least some serious head scratching.

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Gender and the Strong Interest Inventory®: Two of the Most Common Questions

Jan 19, 2016 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

When we have a client with unique results on the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment, we practitioners can find ourselves doing a double take … or at least some serious head scratching.

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