Sensor Thinker or Sensing Thinking (ST)

Sensor Thinker (ST) or Sensing Thinking (ST)


Sensory Learners

The sensor thinker (ST) is closest to Dunn and Dunn’s analytical learner, working in an organized fashion, methodically and stepwise. The ST student learns best alone, and by repetitious drill and practice, and has a profound need for timely feedback. 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. 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. 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.

 Both SFs and STs need to learn sequentially, building from the known to the unknown with manipulatives where possible. Constructivist theories (Aldridge, 1992) hold well for both ST’s and SF’s, in that the learning is built stepwise from basics to concept, and that the students build their own learning based on their own experiences.


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