Theorists are 'big picture' people who seek linkages between existing and new information, and establish relationships between ideas, events and situations. They like to ask questions - to challenge assumptions, to analyse and participate in complex situations. The theorist style of learner will need to know all the background information - all the 'whys' and 'hows' are important. Ask them to undertake a task or activity without explaining why they should and you might be met with some resistance. Theorists like certainty not ambiguity - they seek logic and objectivity.