ERIC Number: ED219761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Reluctant Learner.
Carl Jung labeled people who use sensing or intuition as a preferred function for dealing with their environment as "perceiving" types who prefer to process information, and those whose dominant function is thinking or feeling as "judging" types who prefer to make decisions. The outstanding quality of perceiving types is their flexibility, and for judging types it is a sense of responsibility and order. The highest school drop-out rate can be found among sensing perceiving (SP) learners. This type of personality, driven by a need to be totally free and to live for the moment, is relatively unmotivated by long term goals. Lock such a freedom-oriented being into a super structure such as a school and the result is a natural resistance and resentment so powerful as often to prevent any learning. The SP is labeled dumb, stubborn, lazy, hyperactive, or withdrawn. One such SP student, when interviewed about her English class, stated that she hated having to write rambling essays and looking for the hidden meanings in literature and poetry. She wanted unscheduled, nonintuitive, relevant, specific here-and-now learning. She also enjoyed just listening to discussions. Schools must accommodate this learning style with instructional techniques that appeal to the sense by varying routines, by allowing physical movement, and by acknowledging that students can and do learn by listening, not just participating, in discussions. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Jung (Carl G); Reluctant Learners
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (1st, Minneapolis, MN, April 15-17, 1982).