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Master of Science

First Advisor

Dennis Campbell, PhD


This research addresses significant relationships between the components of an individual's psychological type and cognitive style, as measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and preferences within the academic environment, as indicated on the Educational Style Survey (ESS). The areas within the academic environment which were addressed include classroom configuration, subject matter difficulty, student's study strategy, testing method preferences, amount of student/faculty interaction, and adaptability to academic stress. The sample consisted of 695 Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) graduate students in the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management (1985-93) who completed the MBTI and the ESS. The analysis utilized in this research was the Chi-Squared Goodness of Fit procedures, which determined that some preferences within the academic environment are most or least preferred by the eight MBTI single letter psychological types and the four cognitive types. The eight single letter types are composed of four bipolar types which are Extraversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, and Judging/Perceiving, and the four cognitive types are Sensing-Thinking (ST), Sensing-Feeling (SF), Intuitive-Thinking (NT), and Intuitive-Feeling (NF). Recommendations for additional research are provided.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.

Presented to the Faculty of the School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.