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Dr.

William Hensel
Career & Personal Counselor

A continuous developmental spiral:
Self-Discovery Investigation Decision Making Implementation

µPilot Study¶ approach to development Strengths Assessment Study
to guide selection and use of a program of strengths assessment and enhancement.

Strengths Assessment Pilot Study Fall 2001
‡ Precepts for Success (1st-year course) ‡ 8 weeks, 1 credit ‡ 4 experimental sections
± Two using StrengthsFinder® (SF) (N=32) ± Two using IML CAREERQuestŒ (CQ) (N=24) ‡ 9 control Sections (N=133)

Practical Issues:
‡ Is it worthwhile to incorporate strengths assessment and enhancement in our first-year course? ‡ A comparison of the impact of SF (Gallup) and CQ (IML) in the context of our first-year course?

Questionnaire
‡ Assess & compare effects of SF and CQ ‡ 56 items ‡ 7-point scale ‡ Completed at penultimate class meeting

3.50 Item 1 Item 3 Item 5 Item 7 Item 9 Item 11 Item 13 Item 15 Item 17 Item 19 Item 21 Item 23 Item 25 Item 27 Item 29 Item 31 Item 33 Item 35 Item 37 Item 39 Item 41 Item 43 Item 45 Item 47 Item 49 Item 51 Item 53 Item 55

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5.00 Control CQ SF

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Strengths Assessment Project

Significant Benefits from SF/CQ
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ (40 of 56 Items, p < .05, two-tailed test) ‡ Class interesting and Setting realistic goals effective Understanding self ‡ Advising effectiveness and others ‡ Quality of activities & Course content discussions interesting ‡ Identification of own Student enjoyment of and others¶ styles of self-learning personality and Perceived instructor learning enthusiasm & preparation

‡ Understanding own personality and learning strengths & limitations ‡ Understanding why diverse styles can conflict and benefit collaboration ‡ Insights to relate well with others of diverse personality styles ‡ Devising learning strategies fitting for oneself

‡ Understanding how to adapt to diverse teaching styles ‡ How select/improve one¶s own learning environment ‡ Understand own information processing ‡ New insights re: self ‡ Understanding own general thinking style ‡ Practice identifying thinking styles of others

‡ Identify ways to improve own thinking ‡ Clarified own strengths and talents ‡ Able to maximize strengths and manage weaknesses

‡ Define high achievement for self ‡ More honest assessment of priorities ‡ Able to perceive others in terms of their unique strengths ‡ Growth in confidence and peace of mind

Practical Issues:
‡ Is it worthwhile to incorporate strengths assessment and enhancement in our first-year course? Emphatically YES