I recently came upon the website http://www.b-di.com/ a site for understanding behavioural individuality. The applications to education and pedagogy should be obvious, but they are often overlooked or dismissed as not rooted in sufficient research. I have found quite the opposite. The understanding of temperament and its application to the classroom setting can yield big dividends for the savvy educator, and by extension, to the adroit administrator (whose “classroom” is the whole school). According to http://www.b-di.com/
“Programmatic research on temperament and education has been conducted by two researchers, Barbara Keogh at UCLA and Roy Martin at the University of Georgia. Much of Dr. Keogh’s work focused on special education students and how their behavioural style impacted their learning. She found that classroom teachers perceived a temperament dimension of ‘teachability’ in students, and it was the most important element in predicting how well youngsters would progress academically. This behavioral style characteristic was related to “easy temperament” in both special education and regular education children. Other temperament categories, called task orientation and reactivity were also related to educational functioning. Some temperamental features even predicted overall student achievement better than their scores on tests of cognitive ability!”
Definitely food for thought. This is what Kate Jones & Associates “Awesome Parenting Series” and other workshop offerings based on temperament theory is all about – deeply understanding the individual’s “colour” and then, “accentuating the positive”. In the next blog, I will reference the research of Roy Martin. Have a “colourful” day!