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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 28 March 2008
Sadly if you are a teacher and were well informed on your PGCE nothing in this book should be a surprise to you. Its a summary of educational research in a quirky diagram-heavy format which is supposed to be designed to be the best for readers, however, despite being a visual learner I found way too much complexity in presentation.

The pages are literally buzzing with diagrams, caricatures and notes which is alright when you've put them there yourself when annotating a text but is quite off-putting when you are trying to find a fixed point to begin on the page but your eyes are so entranced by the number of pictures to take in that you get a bit dizzy.

Once I found a strategy to absorb the content I was flipping through the book sighing 'duh' etc waiting for the real information on visual learners and how to support their learning styles to begin... then I hit the 'how to do the diagrams yourself' section aka appendices which is a good round up of different visual recording strategies from your bog-standard spider diagram to Venn Diagrams and the more complex.
This section is worth it as a refresher in ways to get your students to record information in different ways for different purposes, but the rest is nothing but a rehash of every other educational theory book I have read!
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on 17 July 2009
There are many ideas here and I hadn't come across them before - perhaps because I'm not a teacher.
I'd recommend it for anyone with masses of data, abstract concepts and a desire to learn effective ways to express themselves.
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