Sensor Thinker

The ST learner

The ST learner works from details to the concept, using concretes, models, and "manipulatives" whenever possible. He needs to be able to pick things up, turn them around and inside out. He needs the material to be organized, and step by step. The ST typically prefers to memorize and repeat what has been learned, and may not be comfortable when presented with new types of tasks without explicit directions.

The sensor thinker (ST) is closest to Dunn and Dunn's analytical learner, and works in an organized fashion, methodically and stepwise.

The ST student learns best alone, by repetitious drill and practice, and has a profound need for feedback on his work. Answers are either right or wrong, and the ST student may be easily frustrated by discovery learning where there is no clearly defined path to the correct result. ST's memorize well, and do best in recall tests. The ST student is advised to study alone, in a well lit structured area, desk and chair, with no distractions, and to do repeated example problems and exercises.

Complex concepts should be broken into steps or small pieces, and each piece mastered before going on to the next. Large quantities of information may be tabulated on flash cards, and some stepwise progression devised to facilitate learning. The ST is the classic student for which American schools have been structured for most of this century, and the population from which Dunn emphasizes most of our teachers have come, perhaps because they enjoyed success in school under the structure imposed.

Concepts which are presented in a manner that is not conducive to recall can be restructured by the ST student. Complex concepts should be broken into steps or small pieces, and each piece mastered before going on to the next. Large quantities of information may be tabulated on flash cards, and some stepwise progression devised to facilitate learning.

For more information, please refer to the Student Survival Guide.