In the field-dependent/independent model of cognitive or learning style, a field-dependent learning style is defined by a relative inability to distinguish detail from other information around it.

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It can be compared to a field-independent learning style, which is defined by a tendency to separate details from the surrounding context.

Field-dependent learners often work well in teams as they tend to be better at interpersonal relationships.

In the classroom
Activities that connect different parts of a lesson are useful for field-dependent learners. For example, learners can discuss what they know about a topic, predict content, or look at and listen to related material.

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