The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II is a well-known and popular self-assessment tool. The site provides a wealth of data about different personality temperaments, using examples of famous people. While the books written by Dr. Keirsey provide more complete information, this site is certainly complete enough for use in many course assignments.
Type of Material:
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The assignment we reviewed makes this tool useful in the context of a sales course.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
While some students may not understand a few of the terms used in the survey and profile feedback, overall it is very easy to use.
Evaluation and Observation
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II (survey) and the feedback pages that follow have both visual appeal and high scores on usability.
Some students may not understand a few of the terms used in the survey and profile feedback.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
After taking a 70-question assessment, scores and feedback are provided immediately with colorful charts and links to interesting, interpretative information.
The associated assignment is also very straightforward?although for most, the actual skill of "temperament flexing" may not be as easy in practice as it is in concept.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Overall it is very easy to use. Overall, the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II has many potential applications as a teaching tool, especially in marketing, human resource management, and other courses emphasizing interpersonal relationships. It could also be helpful in courses using student teams or in the myriad of other courses in which interpersonal barriers to implementing change are pondered. While the assignment has a specific context (sales/marketing), it can be easily adapted to for use in many other courses.
The assignment could also be enhanced through discussion about the validity and ethical use of such models.