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Adding Sensing and Intuition to the learning mix

Adding Sensing and Intuition to the learning mix

By Catherine Rains 


Once students have done their best to identify a faculty member’s preference for Extraversion or Introversion, the next step is to do the same thing with Sensing and Intuition. In a workshop/classroom setting, I separate the students into S and N preference groups. Then I ask each group to identify as many characteristics as possible that would indicate that the faculty member teaching them shares their preference for S or N. Since this one might not be so obvious, I give them the following prompters to get them started:

  • How would a faculty member with your preference for Sensing or Intuition teach a class?
  • What would the syllabus look like? Would the teacher follow it?
  • What would be the teacher’s primary focus –
    • Details/data/specifics, or
    • Theory/ideas/big picture?
  • What kind of tests is the teacher likely to give you?
  • How will you be evaluated?

The following are common responses I’ve heard from students who prefer Sensing.

Faculty members with a preference for Sensing:

  • Teach in a sequential, literal way, providing concrete, practical examples of what is being taught
  • Will demonstrate with real-life examples how the topic has been used in the past or is being applied in the present
  • May speak in a staccato rhythm, almost like they are talking in bullet points
  • Usually provide – and follow closely – a very specific syllabus outlining what will be taught during each class period
  • Typically focus on teaching details, data, and specifics related to the topic rather than interpreting the long-term implications of the details
  • Give multiple-choice tests with clear right and wrong answers, or use another testing format that allows for cut-and-dried answers
  • Typically evaluate students based on how well they memorized the specifics that were taught during the class

How did your list compare to mine? What other behavioral cues and teaching strategies have you noticed from faculty who prefer Sensing? Please add your comments below.


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