Validity and Reliability Studies on inquiry modes include: Wes Churchman, Challenge to Reason (McGraw Hill, 1968) and the Design of Inquiring Systems (Basic Books, 1971); Ian Mitroff and Louis Pondy, “On the Organization of Inquiry” (Public Administration Review, September-October, 1974). The InQ has been tested vigorously for validity and reliability (see “An Investigation of Item Characteristics, Reliability and Validity of the Inquiry Mode Questionnaire,” in Educational and Psychological Measurement, 1983, Vol. 43).
Compatibility Compatibility If you are already using other tests, such as Myers-Briggs, then our family of learning materials will add a new and necessary dimension — people’s preferred thinking styles — to the information generated by those tools. There are correlations between certain parts of the Myers-Briggs and the InQ. Where it correlates, it reinforces the information our tests can offer you. Myers-Briggs addresses styles of Cognition to a limited extent only. Just think how much more comprehensive your insights can be when using tools that complement each other this way!
New Research We encourage researchers and doctoral students to use the InQ in their research. We can offer a special researchers’ discount on our materials. If you are interested, send a letter to us outlining the purpose and design of your project. If approved, we will send a letter of confirmation to you. Our only stipulation is that you share the results and raw data with us and cite us in your publications.
Feedback We invite your comments on your experiences with our learning materials — what you liked best and least, and your suggestions for improving both the content and how they are presented. Each time we reprint our supplies, we incorporate these improvements as best we can.
The InQ is easy to use, whether on paper or online. It is self-administered, self-scored, and self-interpreted. It is non-judgmental in that it does not declare one style to be better than another. It is non-threatening in that you are left to consider the merits of your styles. Working alone, you can complete the basic assessment in as short as 30 minutes, while the self-study of interpretations and implications can be done at your convenience.