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Applications Of The Myers Briggs Type Indicator In Engineering And Technology Education Part Ii

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.88.1 - 4.88.10

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Roger Ware

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Charles F. Yokomoto

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Session 2230

Applications of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in Engineering and Technology Education--Part II

Charles F. Yokomoto, Roger Ware Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


This paper presents a broad historical perspective of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and its application to the teaching/learning process in engineering and technology education. While the instrument has been found to be most useful in the areas of learning styles, retention, and facilitating teamwork, it has also found use in understanding individual differences in retention issues, writing, problem solving, and interpersonal communications.

1. Introduction 1 At the 1998 ASEE Annual Conference, E. Dendy Sloan delivered an elegant address on the 2 introduction of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to the engineering and technology teaching community. He mentioned how Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers began development of the instrument in the early 1940s, based on the description of psychological 3 types described by Swiss psychologist Carl G. Jung in 1921 and how a consortium of seven 4 universities, led by Mary McCaulley of the Center for Applications of Psychological Type and the University of Florida, did a study of personality types of engineering and technology majors. He then discussed how it can be used to understand a mismatch between the personality type of typical engineering professor and the typical engineering student. This paper is the result of requests that the ERM Division received for a continuation of Sloan’s presentation, focusing on the ways that the instrument can be used in engineering and technology education. In this paper, we will continue the discussion of its use along the following lines:

C The psychological foundations of the instrument C A few examples of the ways that the MBTI has been used in engineering and technology education C Ways you can use the instrument C Flexibility of the instrument C How to get started C Statements of caution

2. A Very Brief Review of the Instrument

The MBTI is a forced choice instrument that assesses healthy, conscious human personality type through the identification of a person’s self-reported preferences on four bipolar scales.

Ware, R., & Yokomoto, C. F. (1999, June), Applications Of The Myers Briggs Type Indicator In Engineering And Technology Education Part Ii Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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