MATHEMATICS TEACHERS’ PERSONALITY AND INTELLIGENCE POTENTIAL PREDICTING THEIR TEACHING STYLE
Received: 23rd May 2023; Revised: 28th August 2023, 13th September 2023; Accepted: 25th September 2023
Keywords:Mathematics Teacher, Personality, Intelligence, Communication Style, Teaching Methods
The long term goal of this study was to investigate the common profile of Math teachers with three factors: personality, cognition and communication and then analyze their teaching style predicted by this profile. The research process lasted two academic semesters and involved 40 Bachelor Math pre-service teachers studying self-knowledge courses and 40 Master Math in-service teachers studying psychology of management. Both groups completed a teacher test portfolio with 15 psychology tests measuring various aspects of their personalities, intelligence, motivation, and communication. Interestingly, only five of those questionnaires revealed a lot of similarities and allowed us to compose a common profile of math teachers. Two personality typology tests such as the MBTI and the Big Five Test, were found to be reliable in identifying common personality traits for math teachers. Multiple intelligence and brain dominance questionnaires brought out specific cognitive abilities, and the Value Communication Test detected similar preferences in math teachers. After compiling a professional portrait of math teachers, the second stream of our research was to predict their teaching approaches and practices they can use in the math classroom. Overall, the findings of this research suggest that personality, communication preferences, and intelligence characteristics can play a role in determining teaching style in the math classroom.
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