In the field-dependent/independent model of cognitive or learning style, a field-independent learning style is defined by a tendency to separate details from the surrounding context. It can be compared to a field-dependent learning style, which is defined by a relative inability to distinguish detail from other information around it. Theorists define these two cognitive styles in terms of how they are psychologically different - which makes this a useful model for teachers trying to understand their learners.
Field-independent learners tend to rely less on the teacher or other learners for support.
In the classroom
Activities such as extensive reading and writing, which learners can carry out alone, are useful for field-independent learners.