A Source of Conflict: Field Dependency (or not)

I am a gatherer of heuristics (think ‘Eureka!’ to remember this word if it’s new to you). As a high school teacher of English and a high school principal bent on school reform, I would prod my students, my staff and myself with heuristics. These ‘discovery devices’ would help us all think out of the box, prompting higher level critical thinking. A simple heurist device is to think about what a topic is not, desconstructing it. The Myers-Briggs test is a more complicated heuristic (when applied to the characters in a novel). You may not know Herman Witkin’s cognitive theory (first proposed in 1962) of field dependence and field independence. Most people line up behind one or the other c

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