Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Whitfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Stephen Keith

Third Advisor

Dr. Rachel Mathews


The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between regular elementary teacher personality types and their attitudes toward elementary age students with learning disabilities. Subjects (n= 50) were regular elementary teachers grades two through six from five randomly sampled elementary schools in Virginia. 62% (n= 31) of the questionnaires were returned. The attitudes of the selected elementary teachers were determined by self-developed survey questionnaire using a Likert Scale. Personality types were determined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). A Pearson r was used to analyze the data obtained from the Likert Scale and the MBTI at the significance level of .05. A significant negative relationship between the teacher personality type of NT and their negative attitudes towards students with learning disabilities was evident. however, no significant relationship between teacher personality types of ST, SF, and NF and their attitudes towards students with learning disabilities was found.

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