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Linking MBTI® Personality Type to Learning Style – Strategies and Insights

Linking MBTI® Personality Type to Learning Style – Strategies and Insights

elearningSince e-learning is growing in popularity, many organizations are implementing active e-learning initiatives to drive performance and build talent management. So what does this mean for you? It means that your clients will require a number of learning strategies to jumpstart these programs. What better way to help your clients than by having some MBTI® type learning strategies handy?

In the booklet Introduction to Type® and Learning, author Donna Dunning explains how personality type plays a significant part in an individual’s learning style, influencing what and how that person prefers to learn. Consider trying out some new strategies that are opposite to your client’s personality type and learning preferences. This way they’ll learn to be more flexible when learning under certain circumstances. Here are a few of the many insights picked up from the booklet for each of the 8 preferences:

Extraverts prefer to learn by:

  • Being active and interactive.
  • Plunging in and doing something.
  • Changing learning topics, tasks, and activities relatively frequently.

Introverts prefer to learn by:

  • Working on a task in a quiet space.
  • Understanding material by reflecting on it.
  • Having access to additional information for studying in depth.

Sensing types prefer to learn by:

  • Engaging in “hands-on” learning.
  • Using visual aids such as color highlighting, videos and diagrams.
  • Focusing first on memorizing specific facts and details of the material to be learned.

Intuitive types prefer to learn by:

  • Exploring concepts, extrapolating data, and finding patterns.
  • Using symbols, metaphors, associations, or abstractions to represent ideas.
  • Mapping out concepts or creating theoretical frameworks.

Thinking types prefer to learn by:

  • Exploring logical consequences and implications.
  • Having clear evaluation and performance criteria.
  • Debating, questioning, and critiquing information.

Feeling types prefer to learn by:

  • Focusing on the effects of ideas and information on people.
  • Connecting with other learners.
  • Mentoring, helping, cooperating, or collaborating.

Judging types prefer to learn by:

  • Structuring and scheduling time and tasks.
  • Clarifying others’ expectations.
  • Starting early and completing projects well before deadlines when possible.

Perceiving types prefer to learn by:

  • Approaching learning in an open-ended, flexible way.
  • Using a variety of information sources.
  • Taking advantage of last-minute or unexpected opportunities.

Introduction to Type® and Learning is packed with more insights, strategies and even checklists to help you become familiar with and adopt new learning styles. These are especially helpful to share with your clients as they leverage new enterprise-wide learning solutions.

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