Personality types of Hong Kong kindergarten teachers: Implications for teacher education

Yau Ho Paul WONG, Li Fang ZHANG

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Abstract

While an individual’s personality is related to his or her well-being, little research has examined kindergarten teachers’ personality. This research was the first to investigate Hong Kong kindergarten teachers’ personality types using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Three hundred and seventy-one kindergarten teachers voluntarily responded to the MBTI. Findings showed that Hong Kong kindergarten teachers were predominantly of the sensing-feeling-judging personality types, characterized by being realistic, conventional, and considerate to others’ feelings. In addition, principals and head teachers in kindergartens tended to be extraverted. Results also suggested a very low percentage of intuitive kindergarten teachers, indicating that teachers’ personality types might be field-bound. Implications of these findings in relation to teacher education are discussed. Copyright © 2013 Edith Cowan University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-101
JournalAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

Citation

Wong, Y.-h. P., & Zhang, L.-f. (2013). Personality types of Hong Kong kindergarten teachers: Implications for teacher education. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(2), 91-101.

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