Book Review — Teaching for the Two-Sided Mind

The USC Rossier School of Education blog recently published my review of Teaching for the Two-Sided Mind: A Guide to Right-Brain, Left-Brain Education by Linda Verlee Williams.

Teaching for the Two-Sided Mind
Touchstone paperback | 228 pages | ISBN 9780671622398 | May 1986

This unusual book, published in 1983, remains a popular guide to classroom teaching techniques that meet varied learning styles despite three decades of brain research that have altered the right-brain/left-brain theories of the time.

Although the book is often cited by critics of educational strategies that oversell or misapply brain science, the author offered many caveats about the limitations and changing nature of brain research. I pull extracts from the text to illustrate these cautions, as well as quotes that highlight her compassionate and experienced teaching philosophy.

Williams’ focus, as an educator, on accommodating varied learning styles keeps the book relevant today.

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Eric F. Frazier

Eric F. Frazier is an independent writer, editor, book reviewer and co-author of GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones.