I am someone who begins with the big picture and works my way down to details. Once I know the context for something, I can learn quickly - but starting with details leaves me unmoored, anxious. I am reminded of this by the process of setting up a new website. I just don't understand
the internet - why do I need a database? What exactly is hosting? What is My SQL? How does it all fit together? Luckily, I have good advisors, who are helping work out the details, but I realize more and more that it's probably not all that hard if you understand the big picture, the process of getting something from an idea to existence in cyberspace.
This seems relevant to my earlier post about content and literacy
- I don't know quite enough to make learning more easy. A little bit more background knowledge, and I'd be off and running.