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Case Report: Helping Pedagogy Interns adapt to their Host Organisation

Before pedagogy students of a certain Dutch university start their internship, for instance in an educational institution, they were profiled with MindSonar. 

Their supervisor, having intimate knowledge of the culture of each the institutions where the students do their internships, was able to express that culture in terms of Meta Programs and Motivational Drives.

The supervisor, comparing the profile of the student with that of the culture of the institution, could then predict the kinds of obstacles that a particular student was likely to encounter in that particular institution. Let’s say the institution’s culture was reactive, specific, and information-oriented and the student had a proactive, global, and activity-oriented profile. The supervisor could then predict that some people in the institution might experience the student as rash, uncontrollable and vague.

The supervisor would discuss this with the student and also help them think about how they could best respond, should this problem occur. This had advantages for both for students and the institutions. If the predicted problems occurred, the student was prepared to respond adequately. This reduced escalation of conflict and often prevented the eventual drop-out of the student from that internship.

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