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On the Outs: Learning Styles, Resistance to Change, and Teacher Retention
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, North Carolina State University, United States ; , University of Richmond, United States ; , North Carolina State University, United States

CITE Journal Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between learning style, level of resistance to change, and teacher retention in schools implementing an intensive schoolwide technology and media integration model. Researchers found that teachers with ST (sensing-thinking) and SF (sensing-feeling) learning style preferences, as described by the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, had higher levels of resistance to change. Teachers with the ST learning style were also three times more likely to leave their schools, compared to teachers with other learning style preferences. Implications for policy and practice are discussed. In particular, teachers with the ST learning style preference may require additional support to enable them to adapt to changes within the dynamic environment of a school undergoing an intensive technology reform effort.

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Overbay, A., Patterson, A. & Grable, L. (2009). On the Outs: Learning Styles, Resistance to Change, and Teacher Retention. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 9(3), 356-370. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved May 26, 2019 from .

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