Personality Type (MBTI) Relationship to Performance and Satisfaction in Web-based Instruction (WBI)

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Title: Personality Type (MBTI) Relationship to Performance and Satisfaction in Web-based Instruction (WBI)
Author: Lucas, Debra Jan Willis
Advisors: Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher, Committee Member
Dr. James R. Smith, Jr., Committee Member
Dr. Susan Osborne, Committee Member
Dr. Terrance P. O'Brien, Committee Chair
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to provide empirical data that reports the association between students' personality type preferences as understood by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality profile and their achievement and perception of satisfaction in web-based learning environments. Data were collected from two graduate level courses offered entirely online using the WebCT learning management system during one semester. The data of interest were extracted from the course information; MBTI profile (learning style), numeric end of course grade (performance), course evaluation (used for satisfaction indicator). The demographic subject profile information such as gender, ethnicity, and age were extracted from the MBTI profile database collection. Data analysis and generation were done using SAS software. For the given sample, the data show the MBTI scale preference for Thinking-Feeling make a statistically significant difference in the satisfaction ratings of Learner-to-Learner and Learner-to-Content interactions within Web-based instructed (WBI) courses. Students with MBTI preference for Feeling rated their satisfaction with Learner-to-Learner and Learner-to-Content interactions in the WBI courses higher than those with Thinking preference. Satisfaction with Learner-to-Instructor interaction was not related to MBTI preference, but was statistically significantly different by age range. MBTI preference, age and gender did not make a difference in achievement as measured by end of course grade in the WBI courses. These findings suggests Web-based instruction should ensure effective methods and strategies are used to accommodate student learning preference with regard to course interactions.
Date: 2007-07-23
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Curriculum and Instruction

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