Newcastle University School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

CONTENTS
Introduction
Active-Reflective
Dimension
Sensing-Intuitive
Dimension
Visual-Verbal
Dimension
Sequential-Global Dimension
Summary

 

SEQUENTIAL - GLOBAL DIMENSION

  • Sequential Learners:
    • gain understanding in small sequential, logical steps
    • tend to follow logical stepwise paths while problem solving
    • may not understand material fully but are still able to solve problems and pass tests
    • may know a lot about specific aspects of a subject, but may have trouble relating them to different aspects of same or different subjects
  • Global Learners:
    • seem to learn in large jumps, absorbing material almost randomly without seeing connections, then suddenly "getting it"
    • may be able to solve complex problems quickly, or put things together in a novel way once they have grasped the big picture
    • strongly global learners may have severe difficulties in solving problems when they have not grasped everything
    • may have difficulty in explaining their knowledge
The chart below shows the distribution of the 1998/99 stage 1 students in the Sequential-Gloabl dimension. It indicates that the most of the students have a relatively well balanced learning style in this dimension. 

Learning Strategy

  • Sequential Learners:
    • in classes where lecturers jump around from topic to topic or skip steps, ask them to fill in the skipped steps, or fill them in by consulting references
    • take time to outline lecture material in a logical order
    • try to strengthen your global thinking skills by relating each new topic you study to things you already know; the more you do this, the deeper your understanding will be
  • Global Learners:
    • when studying, quickly skim over the material first to get an overview before delving into the details
    • instead of spending a short time on every subject each session, it might be more productive to cover individual subjects in large blocks
    • try to relate the subject to things you already know

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