Personality Traits of the Montessorian
What is the possibility that personality traits play a part in career longevity and job satisfaction in the field of Montessori Education?
Our community has experienced many benefits of the few Montessorians who continue their careers in the lab after the classroom. Often, they study the children of our schools and their outcomes. Now, a Minnesota Montessorian-turned research scientist is bringing attention to the adults in service to children in our schools. Seeking to explore the question
What are the fundamental traits of those who love working in the Montessori education system - and do they vary across those working with children in each of Montessori’s planes of development?
The Montessori education system struggles mightily with staff retention, staff shortages, and a massively disproportionate number of white educators. Jobs go un- and under-resourced, schools experience exhausting staff turn-over, programs contract or cannot expand to meet demand, training programs proceed with empty seats, and BIPOC students are served by white teachers. There are many challenges to unravel, and this research aims to support the effort.
Considering the significant influence educators have on students' lives, it is relevant to conduct research that focuses on teachers' personality characteristics and their satisfaction in the classroom. Tymber’s research examines trends among the Big Five personality traits (Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism) and their relation to interest and job satisfaction.
What is the goal of this research?
This research aims to understand what factors make Montessorians unique and create a valid and standardized tool to:
Who is conducting this research?
She currently completing her graduate studies in child and adolescent development at the University of Minnesota. For the last four years, Tymber has worked as the research coordinator of a nationwide longitudinal study investigating typical brain development at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development. Tymber partners with multiple scientists in the US and UK who share her passion for this transformational work.
How Can I Help?
Are you currently working in a Montessori school? Have you formerly worked in a Montessori school? Would you like to work in a Montessori school? We need your expertise and experience! We would like to interview you, send you a survey and/or share a link to the new tool and get your feedback as soon as it's ready to test!
Why should I participate?
Your engagement in this work is the only way a valid tool can be created to help the Montessori education system with it's teacher pipeline challenges. If you feel the these challenges and the goals of this research are important, we need you. Plus, who doesn't love a super-customized "right-on" personality assessment they can take from their phone in two minutes?!
Click below to help bring this new tool to life! If you would like to know more, please contact Tymber Anderson at email@example.com
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