Learning resources are selected to implement, enrich, and support the ever-changing educational program. Materials must serve both the breadth of the curriculum, and programs based on the needs and interests of individual learners. It is recognized that as learners grow, their need to develop a wider experience of the world grows as well

learning resources will be selected that foster an inclusive learning environment for all learners reflecting the diversity of Ontario and Canadian society within a global context;

the provision of and access to an ever-increasing selection of books and other instructional materials is necessary in order that staff may choose those that meet the wide range of needs, abilities, interests, learning styles and aptitudes of their learners;

learning resources are representative of the experiences and perspectives of individuals from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, and portray gender and cultural/racial inclusiveness;

Learning Resources are materials used by tutors and learners for curricular and co-curricular learning experiences. Learning resources include, but are not limited to, materials such as artifacts, books, charts, computer software, concrete materials, educational games and toys, filmstrips, kits, laser disks, live presentations, manipulatives, maps, microfilms, models, motion pictures, music, print materials, periodicals, pictures, puzzles, resources accessed via electronic networks, slides, sound recordings, transparencies and video-recordings.

Two categories of learning resources are:

• textbook/text is any book that is assigned to a learner or class to use in part or in its entirety, and

• other learning resources include all other resources available in the classrooms, the school library and other sources that may be used for educational purposes.

Learning resources should
• be selected for their strengths rather than rejected for their weaknesses; and
• address a range of specific needs...