Book review: ‘Learning Styles and Inclusion’ by Gavin Reid

learning styles and inclusionCarol Boyle, Mentor and Development Officer at The BRITE Initiative, finds accessible and practical content in this book by internationally recognised educational psychologist, Dr Gavin Reid.

Learning Styles and Inclusion by Gavin Reid (SAGE Publications Ltd, 2005) provides practical examples of how to make learning more effective and how to recognise the needs of learners, as well as those of the teaching staff.  Importantly, the key point being made in the book is that learning styles can provide teaching staff with an opportunity to identify the needs of individual learners and at the same time recognise the needs of all the learners in the classroom.

My favourite part of the book was the introduction of practical activities which I could adopt and use with my learners as they begin to realise that they learnt in different ways, but also could adapt to the various learning environments.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about learning styles and their impact on the learner and their learning environment – which can then be manipulated to help learners achieve their goals.  It is not a complicated book with lots of jargon – it’s extremely easy to read and use.

Learning Styles and Inclusion on Amazon.co.uk (includes a ‘look inside’ preview)

Book review: Connecting to Learn

Kellie Mote finds sound practical tips for needs assessors and assistive technology practitioners in ‘Connecting to Learn: Educational and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities’ by Marcia J. Scherer (American Psychological Association, 2003)

At the core of Connecting to Learn is the importance of matching the right assistive technology with the learner. It isn’t immediately clear from the title, but the focus here is on the needs of students who are d/Deaf, or visually impaired. Initial chapters are therefore dedicated to providing background information on the needs of students with sensory disabilities.

The book primarily focuses on strategies to use with the individual – little of the content is dedicated to broader strategies such as creating more inclusive learning environments. However, many of the tips will be of use to practitioners providing assistive technology support in an educational context.

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