ERIC Number: ED350709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Producing Innovative Textbooks To Establish an Open Learning Program.
van den Berg, Ellen
The role of textbook publishing in educational reform is examined in this paper. The study evaluated a 4-year project in which three schools in the Netherlands implemented an open learning program (OLP) and created their own publishing company. Following the introduction, the second part provides a description of the OLP. The third part explains the development of the curriculum framework and materials, and the fourth part describes the role of the educational publisher. Recommendations are made to develop a clearly defined and financially supported "platform of ideas," field-test the curriculum design and materials together, and use an experimental commercial publisher rather than creating a publishing company. Other conditions necessary for successful collaboration between an innovative project and publishers include allocating government funding to reduce the publisher's financial risk, rewarding faculty authors, and utilizing copyright protection to safeguard project goals. One figure is included. (Contains 11 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Twente Univ., Enschede (Netherlands). Dept. of Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).