ERIC Number: ED024562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Nature of Biology Textbook Teachers' Manuals and an Analysis of Their Use by High School Biology Teachers.
Stanko, Dianne Elizabeth
Evaluations of the nature and use o f new curriculum materials are scanty. The findings of such evaluations could be valuable to curriculum makers for (1) influencing an author's judgment regarding time needed to prepare materials, (2) providing clues to the nature of content to include or exclude from future publications, (3) giving direction to the production of science materials, and (4) exerting an influence on the development of science methods courses. A pilot study was done on several textbook teachers' manuals published since 1950. From this, a data-gathering instrument was developed. Participating in the study were 1359 tenth grade biology teachers, 79 per cent of whom used all or portions of a teacher's manual. Of those who did not use one, 71 per cent did not have one available. Forty different textbooks were in use in 1968; however, six were used by 86 per cent of the teachers surveyed. The three most frequently mentioned reasons for using the manuals were (1) it gave suggestions for new approaches to textbook content, (2) it gave insight to the author's views, and (3) it clarified the rationale of the chapters. Many teachers indicated that good time schedules for laboratories should be provided to assist the teacher in correlating the textbook and the laboratory. (BC)
Descriptors: Biology, Doctoral Dissertations, Instructional Materials, Secondary School Science, Teaching Guides, Textbooks
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.