Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Personality styles of pre-service teachers: A quantitative study of differences between individuals who aspire to teach at varying levels
by Sinsabaugh, Katherine M., Ph.D., Capella University, 2015, 145; 3705433
Abstract (Summary)

Teacher attrition is a central concern in the field of education. Although many factors contribute to teacher attrition, teacher personality styles contribute significantly to a teacher’s decision to stay or leave the field. Retaining effective teachers remains a central priority for school districts today. When measuring teacher effectiveness, research has shown that teacher personality and the resulting relationship between students and teachers play in integral role in academic success. The purpose of this quantitative, correlational study is to determine if significant differences exist in the personality styles between individuals who aspire to teach at varying levels. The study used the Millon Index of Personality Styles, Revised (MIPS Revised) as a tool to assess the Motivating Styles, Thinking Styles, and Behaving Styles of pre-service teachers (n = 127) in three Northeastern community colleges. Three groups of pre-service teachers were examined: those who aspire to teach at the Birth-2nd grade level; those who aspire to teach at the 1st-6th grade level; and those who aspire to teach at the 7th-12th grade level. The MIPS Revised is a 180 item self-reporting tool used to identify personality characteristics in normally functioning adults. The study collected demographic information, including age, gender, and age level teaching aspiration, as well as information regarding each individual participant’s personality style. Results of the study indicated no significant differences between the personality styles of individuals who aspire to teach at varying levels. The results of the study are discussed, and indicate the need for future exploration of pre-service teacher personality styles.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Green, Katherine
Commitee: Newton, Janet, Onderdonk, James
School: Capella University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational psychology, Teacher education
Keywords: Millon index of personality styles, Personality styles, Pre-service teachers, Teacher dispositions, Teacher education
Publication Number: 3705433
ISBN: 978-1-321-78441-1
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