Kolbe Statistical Handbook
Kolbe Wisdom™ has grown out of Kathy Kolbe’s scientific studies, begun in 1970, of learning differences among children. This handbook is a compilation of many of these studies.
Almost two million people have completed the Kolbe Indexes on six continents. Respondents have ranged from 4 to 88 years old and include a wide range of ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds, all job classifications.
With data from business, government, education, high-tech and manufacturing industries, the Kolbe Concept® has been thoroughly researched, validated and refined into a practical system for personal and group development.
Mental assessments look at different parts of the human mind. The Kolbe A™ Index is different because it is the only validated assessment of the conative part of the mind. Conative Tests evaluate the instinctive talents you were born with — the way you take action. Cognitive Tests evaluate intelligence and what you’ve learned; i.e. your knowledge and skills. Personality Tests evaluate your affective “style,” your preferences and how you feel.
This article, from the July 2008 issue of Social Work, is authored by Karen E. Gerdes and Layne K. Stromwall, both of Arizona State University’s School of Social Work. In addition to providing a thorough history of the concept of conation and Kathy Kolbe’s contributions to the understanding of instinct-driven behaviors, the article outlines a “strengths-based” approach to the practice of social work and suggests areas for future research. The authors, drawing on personal experience as well as documented research studies, conclude that adding conative assessments to cognitive and affective assessments can help social workers create practical interventions which can help individuals achieve a higher quality of life.
We can conclude that at the Alpha =.05 level, the Kolbe A Index is not biased by gender, age or race…” Dr. Robert T. Keim Decision Systems Research Center at Arizona State University.
In a study of conative stress, individuals who were expected to perform outside of their natural conative MO were significantly more likely to quit for job related reasons. Managers who received Kolbe
Research shows that students with the greatest difference from teachers’ conative MOs are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. The study included 554 students aged 8-16 in four US states.
This thesis focuses on forming effective teams in a workplace environment.
Conducted by Dr. Ryan Thomas, this study provides summaries and meta-analyses of research performed by independent researchers and consultants as well as studies commissioned by Kolbe.
Undergraduate Computer Science students with the greatest need for a hands-on approach to learning were half as likely to reach upper level courses in their program. These students showed no significant