Faculty Center Electronic Workbook

Learning Differences: Global or Analytical

People learn differently from each other. There are many different methods of measuring those differences. Among the simplest is the continuum of global or analytical thinking. Read through the following statements and decide whether you agree or disagree. Circle the numbers of the statements with which you agree.

1. I hate making mistakes.
2. When I make an outline, I write down only the key points.
3. I wish I had more time to think before speaking.
4. I focus on the details rather than the big picture.
5. I can summarize information rather easily.
6. My written outlines contain many details.
7. It is easy for me to paraphrase what other people say.
8. I prefer simple answers to lengthy explanations.
9. It is easy for me to see the overall plan or big picture.
10. I am satisfied with knowing the major ideas without the details.
11. In class, I get irritated if mistakes are not corrected.
12. Too many details tend to confuse me.
13. I like studying grammar.
14. I prefer detailed answers to short answers.

Answer Key:
1,3,4,6,11,13,14 = analytical
2,5,7-10,12 = global

Analytical learners
If you are analytical , you are able to find the details from a context or background field fairly easily through analysis. Analytical learners can be considered more logical than relational learners. They usually prefer abstract and factual material and they seem to learn best when there are certain routines and systematic strategies in a classroom.

Global learners
If you are global, you have a tendency to perceive the situation as a whole being more dependent on the social context than analytical learners are. For relational learners, cooperation and social relationships are important in learning. However, they need more guidance than analytical learners in tasks that demand independent analysis or problem-solving through trial and error. Global, relational learners prefer material that is clearly structured and somehow related to their own experiences and interests.