Differences of Degree or Differences in Kind? A Comparative Analysis of Thinking Styles

By Francesco Sofo.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study investigated the thinking styles of Australian and Chinese citizens within a framework of reality construction (Sofo, 2005). Questionnaire data were used from two samples: 153 Australians and 561 Chinese respondents. Both samples consisted of a mix of leaders from educational institutions, government and private enterprises as well as tertiary students. Reliability analyses were conducted for the TSI using Cronbach’s alpha and Pearson inter-correlations for each of the five subscales of the TSI in order to determine support for the theory of reality construction. The analyses indicated the key differences between the thinking styles of the two samples. Other theoretical and practical suggestions are made in relation to the TSI and its application.

Keywords: Thinking Style, Survey Questionnaire, Reality Construction

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.293-302. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 638.993KB).

Prof. Francesco Sofo

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Associate Professor of Human Resource Development, and currently convener of postgraduate programs in Professional Development Education and Human Resource Development. Career goal is to be the best he can in assisting in the learning and development of individuals, teams and organisations. Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Human Resource Institute.


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