Perception Regarding Input Media

Each person responds to external stimuli differently. Some people respond to things seen. Others need to hear the information. This section helps the instructor to tailor presentation materials to the needs of the students.

Written—Essay Form:Consciousness which is sensory, intuitive, impulsive, imaginative, creative or inclined toward the symbolic and dramatic will find the essay form much better able to communicate to himself or herself than technical, numerical, data or detail formats.
Written—Technical Format:The strategic, analytical, rational, manipulative and/or managerial mind welcomes data and information in technical form because it can 'get down to business' with minimum input and maximum utility. It carries both information and procedure to memory.
Published Written—Data Form:Computational and clerical consciousness prefers data rather than problems, puzzles, narratives, theories or allegories. Its world is detail and methodical procedure—"by the numbers" order and environment. Rote retention, detail perception and clerical function are traits typical to this form of perception.
Visual—Pictures, Illustrations:For some, it is true that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Perceptual input and mental orientation are primarily through the physical eye tied directly to the "the mind's eye". Mental processes are heavily toward the subconscious. If there is a mechanical awareness joined to the visual orientation, an even greater part of consciousness will be sensory/subconsciousness which functions 'on its own'.
Auditory—General Concepts: See "Written—Essay Form" above and "General Concept Retention". This is the ideal input media for those who are philosophical, sensory and not inclined toward literary, clerical, methodical or routine activity. It is particularly ideal for those who are so gregarious that they will not schedule or accept the isolation from others for reading.
Auditory—Facts & Data:The ability to absorb fact and data from oral communication is unique to a special few. Even note-taking is inadequate compensation for the majority of individuals. For those not oriented toward auditory perception of fact and data, this form of attempted input is not only a waste of time; it leads to confusion, frustration and stress.