Sorry if this has already been asked...I searched and couldn't find any threads about it.
As a high school math teacher, even though I've never (and don't know if I ever will) used type to truly change how I teach, I still find myself wondering about how it affects people. For example, learning about the S/N difference I think made me think that how different people can find certain things easier or more difficult to understand.
So I'm very curious how the different NT types view this. Now, I'm starting to come to the belief that type may not have a strong influence in how much one likes math or understands it. Even if it is a factor, there are certainly plenty of other ones, including environmental exposure to it at different ages. Because I've known people who I've suspected are NT's that were brilliant at math, and others who seem to hate it with a passion.
It's interesting because it seems like there are things about math that would appeal to an NT and things that would not.
On one hand, math in itself is very abstract and theoretical. Even though it can be used for all kinds of practical purposes, in itself that's not what it is. It's almost like science, but about less concrete concepts. This would seem like it would appeal to an NT, who would be better than an S at picturing these concepts. NT's also would appear to be the best out of the temperaments at piecing together all kinds of connections mentally without having to take it one step at a time... they could see a theorem, property or proof and immediately see how it could be applied in a lot of different situations.
On the other hand, a lot the way math is presented in high school is very S in nature, or at least very SJ. This is partly because high school (at least in the US, but probably in a lot of countries) is set up in a very SJ manner in general, and if the majority of the population truly is SJ, then that would partly explain why.
But with math in particular, I think this is the case. In high school, it's very procedural, sequential, concrete and detailed. There is a lot of information, and getting the "right answer" is what's emphasized the most.
But I think the thing is that it seems like it's so rare for someone to truly understand math and be brilliant at it, and it almost seems like those people would be NT's.
So the whole thing is weird to me...I guess I just don't understand what would allow one NT to understand math really well, and what would cause another one to have total trouble with it. Because I see math as being a huge balance of S and N...it's very abstract, theoretical and conceptual, but at the same time it has practical applications, has details that are important, and has a lot of algorithmic procedures.
It almost feels like anything else with S's and N's...that N's come up with the theories and concepts, and S's take care of the details of how to put them in place. But at the same time, don't NT's need to understand those details too, so they can show them to S's?
That's why I'm kind of curious and confused about an NT's take on math. Like I said, I don't know how much of it is type related at all, or if there's a difference in how each of the four NT types view it. Hence, why I'm making this thread.
Like I said, I'm not asking for advice about how to teach math to NT's, since that's really getting into a very blurry realm in regards to my job. But I'm still kind of curious to hear about different NT's experiences with math.