Date of Award

8-2017

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aeronautics

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Andrew A Dattel, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Kadie H. Mullins, Ed.D.

Second Committee Member

Michael E. Wiggins, Ed.D.

Third Committee Member

Kenneth P. Byrnes, Ph.D.

Abstract

The personality types and learning styles of students have been studied in several populations, yet the research analyzing aviation students is lacking. A replication study assessed the distribution of personality types of students enrolled in the aeronautical science baccalaureate degree program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). In addition, this study assessed aviation student learning styles. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Form M and the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (KLSI) were used to analyze the personality types and learning styles, respectively. Selection ratio type tables compared the distribution of personality types of aviation students to the traditional college student sample and to a sample collected by Wiggins at ERAU in 1998. In the sample data, the personality type of ISTJ was found to be significantly different from both baselines (I = 4.36, p < .001 and I = 1.96, p < .01). The distribution of learning styles of the aviation students were compared to the traditional college student sample using Chi-square goodness-of-fit tests revealed an overrepresentation of divergent learners, χ2 (3) = 7.40, p = .002, in the sample. A Pearson Chi-square test for independence examined if personality type is a predictive factor of aviation student learning preference and found no evidence support a relationship in the sample.

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