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ERIC Number: ED166746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Ethics in Textbook Selection: A Perspective.
Weaver, Richard L., II
Although professors have been criticized for requiring the use of their own published textbooks in the classroom, this practice can be justified if certain ethical standards govern the choice. Granted that the philosophical congruity involved in such a choice guarantees a level of compatibility between the textbook and teacher, the use of text material must be consistent, well structured, and integrated into the course to permit its inclusion. Likewise, the needs of the students must be considered when judging the textbook's readability and appeal. The integrity of the instructor is most important in confirming ethical behavior; if the students feel that the course is well planned and that the instructor is dedicated to communicating with them, they will not readily oppose the adoption of the text for use in class. A possible aid to determining whether a text should be used in a particular course would be the establishment of a board of review that would rate materials according to the currency of the material, the depth and thoroughness of coverage, the overall value or worth of the effort, and the way that the material compares with other material selling in the same market. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Midwest Basic Course Directors' Conference (Ames, Iowa, February 1979)