ERIC Number: ED210193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Research Dissemination in Mathematics Education.
Edwards, Janine C.
It is noted that current methods of textbook selection are characterized by subjective judgments and faddish trends. It is felt that rarely in the process of selection are research findings that are available or principles of educational psychology seriously considered. A systematic selection process of entire series of textbooks, based on the collection and analysis of data for decision-making which has been implemented successfully, is described. The process is based on a model for applying research findings to field-based curriculum improvement. The model is seen to be a tool to intervene in the cycle of weak curriculum, weak textbooks, and weak instruction. It is felt criteria for textbook selection can be easily developed into curriculum objectives, and evaluation systems for textbooks can be used as resources for system-wide mathematics competency evaluation. The situation in which the process was developed was viewed as successful, as the model was adopted by the school district that used it to select language arts textbooks the next year. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association Meeting (Lexington, KY, November 12, 1981).