Journal Article: Is math achievement a matter of personality type?


Human Sex Differences, Mathematics Achievement, Myers Briggs Type, Indicator, Personality Traits, High School Students


Gillespie, Bonnie V.




The study of the relationship between the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Thinking-Feeling (T-F) preference and mathematics achievement scores of 12th graders was prompted by the following factors: (1) male 12th graders have higher achievement test scores in mathematics than females even though females have closed the gender gap in math achievement in the lower grades; (2) gender differences in personality type are found only in the T-F index of the MBTI; and (3) type theory suggests that people with a thinking preference would achieve well in mathematics. This study of 246 12th graders found that male Fs had significantly higher mathematics achievement test scores than male Ts or females with either preference. In addition, male introverts had significantly higher mathematics grade point averages. No differences were found in the mathematics achievement of females. Males had higher mathematics achievement test scores than females, but the difference was not significant. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA )


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