Intellectual Humility in the academic setting

Level of Education of Students Involved


Faculty Sponsor

Abbie Thompson





Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-27-2023


Intellectual humility is being able to recognize and own our intellectual limitations while continuing to seek a deeper understanding of knowledge and truth.Those who have intellectual humility are humble; intellectually humble adults are more thorough, open-minded, and conscientious information-seekers (Bowes et al., 2021; Koetke et al., 2021). Little is known about how contexts might encourage or discourage intellectual humility. Previous studies have investigated cognitive precursors, including intelligence and theory of mind in children (Danovitch et al., 2019). Through the classic achievement goal theory there is a distinction between mastery and students that are strictly performance oriented. It is predicted that people who are more intellectually humble will prefer instructors who display intellectual humility and teach to have an emphasis on mastery. Through this study we will assess the relationship between students’ intellectual humility and their preferences in the classroom.

In the proposed study, participants will be 30 college students who will complete questionnaires on intellectual humility as well as rating preferences on different teaching scenarios. Classroom preferences will be tested with vignettes of different teaching scenarios. Intellectual humility will be assessed through student self report on established scales.

The data will be analyzed through multiple regression. Intellectual humility is used as a predictor and teaching preferences will be entered as the dependent variable. The results of the

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