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Textbooks for Learning: Nurturing Children's Minds

ISBN: 978-1-55786-411-6
336 pages
December 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
Textbooks for Learning: Nurturing Children


This book is one of the most comprehensive texts discussing the design, selection and adoption of expository textbooks.
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Table of Contents



1. Today's Textbooks, Tomorrow's Minds: The Importance of Textbooks.

Part I: The Characteristics of Well-Designed Textbooks:.

2. Designing the Ideal Text.

3. The Design of Curriculum and Instruction.

4. Designing the Ideal Textbook.

5. Finding the Design in Textbook Materials.

Part II: Well Designed Textbook Publishing, State Adoption, and District Selection:.

6. Current Practices: Publishers, States, and Districts.

7. Creating a Design for Publishing, Adopting and Selecting.

Part III: Stepping into the Future:.

8. A New Approach to Textbook Design: Instructional Support Systems.

9. Bringing about the Ideal: Leaders and Collaborators.


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Author Information

Robert C. Calfee is Professor of Education at Stanford University.

Marilyn J. Chambliss is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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  • Provides a complete discussion of the role and future of textbooks in teaching
  • Includes chapters on textbook design and textbook selection
  • Discusses ways that publishers and teachers can work together to create better textbooks.
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