The Importance Of Field Dependency

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The point of school is to learn. A teacher stands at the front of the classroom teaches material mandated by the state while a student sits in a chair and learns the material being taught. This is an idea of what society thinks the relationship between student and teacher is. Teacher teaches, student learns. However, what happens when the student refuses to learn, we are quick to blame his lack of interest on the teacher, or his outbursts on the child, as being disobedient. In reality, it is impossible for a child to learn in a way that does not appeal to him or her. Each student has his or her own learning style (also called cognitive style). It is the job of a teacher to introduce different learning styles. So that, the student is able to …show more content…
It is the most popular because it is the oldest of the learning styles, proposed by an American psychologist, Herman Witkins, in 1962. Field dependence is a concept of learning that focuses on how people tend to rely on information. Field independent and field dependent learners are very different, meaning they rely and process information very differently. Field dependent learners tend to “depend on cues and structure from their environment” (Wooldridge & Haimes-Bartolf, 2006). Field dependent learners are more social, are less achievement oriented, and are typically less competitive than field independent learners are. Field dependent learners tend to be “group-oriented, global sensitive to social interactions and criticism, extrinsically motivated, externally referential, not visually perceptive, non-verbal, and passive learners who prefer external information structures” (Hall, 2000, p. 6). Field dependent learners are affected by the idea of working in groups. Field dependent students respond better to teaching styles that center on questions and discussions. Field independent students mirror the exact opposite of a field dependent learner. They work better alone and the idea of group work is intimidating and overwhelming. Field independent learners understand information on an analytical level and develop specific distinctions between concepts with little overlap. Field independent learners prefer teaching …show more content…
Levelers, in the context of memory, are the learners that tend to tone down the details of an experience. Levelers will either soften the importance of minor characters or leave them out entirely while recounting a story. Focusing on the main idea and players involved. Levelers also tend to choose many situations from the past to help clarify the present. Levelers in understand the idea of a war going on today will draw upon a memory about the civil war of World War II. Many students that are levelers feel the need to categorize new information and once it is in a category it is hard to convince a leveler it may fall into another category as

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