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FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: Sternberg-Wagner Thinking Styles

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Sternberg-Wagner Thinking Styles

Functions of Thinking Styles

  • Legislative Style
    These type of people like doing things their own way, creating their own rules.
    They prefer to create, design projects, or structure problems themselves.
     
  • Executive Style
    These type of people are the doers; they like to implement things.
    They prefer to be given structured problems to solve.
     
  • Judicial Style
    These type of people like to judge and evaluate things.
    They prefer to analyze problems.

 

Forms of Thinking Styles

  • Monarchic
    These type of people tend to be motivated by a single goal or need at a time.
     
  • Hierarchic Style
    These type of people tend to be motivated by a hierarchy of goals, recognizing that some goals are more important than others.  They are priority setters.
     
  • Oligarchic Style
    These type of people tend to be more motivated by several competitive goals that are perceived equally in importance.
     
  • Anarchic Style
    These type of people tend to be motivated by a wide variety of goals; they are antisystematic.

 

Levels, Scope, and Leanings of Thinking Styles

  • Global Style-Local Style
    Global people prefer to work with abstract and larger issues.
    Local people prefer to work on the details.
     
  • External Style- Internal Style
    External people tend to be more extroverted, people-going, and social.
    Internal people tend to be more introverted and prefer to work alone.
     
  • Liberal Style- Conservative Style
    Those with a liberal style seek to maximize change and are more comfortable with ambiguous situations.
    Those with a more conservative style like to adhere to tradition and the way things 'have always been done.' They prefer familiarity in life and work.