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The interaction of cognitive style, as measured by the Myers-Briggs type indicator, and structure in lesson design in an English lesson Ray, Martha Margaret


This study tested the hypothesis that students who were identified as possessing an intuitive preference, or cognitive style, on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator would learn most about a series of poetry concepts if they were in an environment which emphasized discovery learning and low levels of structure. Conversely, those students who were identified as possessing a sensing preference, or cognitive style on the indicator would learn most in a more directed and structured environment. Data was gathered on 167 Grade 8 students who had been randomly assigned to two treatment groups. Analysis of variance and linear regression revealed significant disordinal interaction for one of the two treatment methods. The interaction partially supported the hypothesis: "N" students achieved most in a discovery-learning environment (P<.005 and P<.001), while "S" students were not significantly advantaged in the more directed and structured environment.

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