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It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

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Nonlinear Time Series Analysis
Thomas Schreiber, Holger Kantz
Progress: 13/320 pages
Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences
David Pollak
Progress: 91/320 pages
NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea
Judy Reene Singer
Progress: 52/82 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories, Vol. 1: Rocannon's World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions / The Left Hand of Darkness / The Dispossessed / Stories (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 440/1100 pages
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated
Charles Darwin
Progress: 310/346 pages
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
Progress: 58/250 pages
Ursula K. Le Guin: The Complete Orsinia: Malafrena / Stories and Songs (The Library of America)
Brian Attebery, Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 359/700 pages
A Student's Guide to Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
Patrick Hamill
Progress: 7/180 pages
Complete Poems, 1904-1962
E.E. Cummings
Progress: 110/1102 pages
The Complete Plays and Poems
E.D. Pendry, J.C. Maxwell, Christopher Marlowe

Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 320 pages.

Nonlinear Time Series Analysis - Thomas Schreiber, Holger Kantz

Second hand copy: some unmentionable has annotated the text in ink!
Arrrrrrrrrrrghhh!

Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

Dyslexia: Not well defined. A component seems to be "weak executive functioning" - something common to AD(H)D and autism. A tendency towards visual thinking. Similar reports of "take away my dyslexia and you take away what makes me ME" to those of Aspies and their syndrome.

Reading progress update: I've read 295 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

Seems to me that we have a loooooooooong way to go before teaching and assessment techniques match potential best practice.

Reading progress update: I've read 276 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

There is still an issue that many people do not wish to be "labelled" because of consequent "stigma." My view is that those people are to some extent perpetuating stigma with this attitude; vicious circle that it's very hard to break out of, because they are not entirely wrong.

Reading progress update: I've read 269 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Low on specifics, high on references to  other resources. I am concluding that the efficacy of some adaptations would be heavily dependent on subject. STEM might have different problems from humanities and subjects with a practical hands-on aspect look to be different from those that do not.

Reading progress update: I've read 243 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

Reading the chapters out of order means the page numbers will jump around a bit. The book is designed so that most of the chapters are independent of each other.

 

Assistive technologies: Being published in 2009, this was before the era of ubiquitous smart phones. Which is to say it's out of date on the specifics and if you re-wrote it now it would go out of date just as fast or faster.

Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

Diagnostic assessment: One should keep an open mind during assessment because people frequently have more than one neurodiverse condition, they have overlapping symptoms and without a detailed personal history assessment scores can be grossly mis-interpreted.

Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 82 pages.

NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - Judy Reene Singer

The autobiographical segment seethes with emotion.

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

Higher Education Institutions in the UK are under a legal obligation to pro-actively adapt to the needs of disabled students. Waiting until someone with a specific kind of disability to rock up before considering what mitigating action to take is not good enough. I wonder how many of them actually do this?

Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

UK disability legislation: we didn't have any until 1995!

Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 320 pages.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences - David Pollak

Where the term "neurodiversity" came from seems to be disputed - could be the USA, could be Australia. Either way it came from the online autistic community but it currently exists as an umbrella covering way more than autism.

Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 82 pages.

NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - Judy Reene Singer

Oh dear! Well that rapidly deteriorated - I'm not sure if it's all just nonsense or if I just don't know what she's talking about...

Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 82 pages.

NeuroDiversity: The Birth of an Idea - Judy Reene Singer

Singer talks about how language surrounding neurodiversity hadn't "crystallised" at the time of writing. Thankfully "autisitics" seems to have died. It's like referring to  people as "disableds." 

Reading progress update: I've read 1201 out of 1344 pages.

The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare, John Jowett, Gary Taylor

Cymbeline's sons have been living in a cave in Wales...

Reading progress update: I've read 218 out of 414 pages.

The Poems of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: - Ronald Waldron, Unknown

All Arthur's knights are astonished; is it a phantom or fairy? But Arthur answers the  unexpected guest courteously and with respect. The Green Knight wants a game, but not a traditional joust...

Reading progress update: I've read 310 out of 346 pages.

Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated - Charles Darwin

Darwin commences what will become The Origin of Species - a book that will change humanity's view of itself and the entire biosphere of Earth - or at least did for that part of humanity that is both educated and not wilfully stupid.