This post is going to be a bit smaller than my previous posts. Recently, I have conducted a survey with the grade 9's at my school because many of them took the MBTI test as part of their Careers 8 curriculum. I only have a few results in so far, but I plan to get some more from the classes as soon as possible.
As of June 6th, 2019, here are the results:
- Did you complete the MBTI personality test as part of Careers 8? (I filtered out all the students who answered "no" to this question)
- What were your results? (Or, what do you remember about them?)
- Do you believe your results represent you? Why or why not?
"There will be many students who have taken the test, and of those students, many will be outraged by their results, believing they do not represent them."
Sample Size: 16 students, ages 14-15 years
After filtering out the students who did not take the test, here are the results of my survey:
- 14/16 students remembered their results
- 2/16 students did not remember their results
- 12/16 students believed their results represented them
- 1/16 students believed their result partially represented them (ex. Some letters were a match and some were not)
- 3/16 students did not remember or where indifferent
Possible flaws with this survey:
- Asking students a year after taking the test, so they may not remember (as you may have noticed, many students answered "unsure"
- Small sample size - only 16 kids
- Answers are based on the students memory, reflection skills, and opinion of themselves and the test
- Too many or not enough questions may have been asked
- Like I keep saying, I am not a psychologist!
These results were different than what I expected. My original prediction was that more students would have taken the test, and more students would've believed their results did not represent them. I can conclude that the students I interviewed may not have been deeply affected by the test, because many of them did not even remember their results. I can also conclude that most of the students who remembered their results believed the results represented them accurately.
I hope you all enjoyed reading the research I conducted! Next time, I will be posting my "mini-test" which I created based around the Big 5 Personality test, and as more results from my grade nine survey come in, I will keep you updated, as this may drastically change what I have found so far! As usual, all comments are welcome.