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ERIC Number: ED038403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Pages: 9
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Research Strategies for Evaluating the Strengths and Limitations of English Methods Textbooks.
Fagan, Edward R.
English Record, v20 n2 p75-81 Dec 1969
Guidelines for judging English methods-course textbooks need to be developed and applied to the increasing quantities of texts being published. Objective data for evaluation may be obtained through several approaches: (1) key word in context, in which the frequency of a word is accepted as representative of the importance of a concept; (2) analogue, in which texts are checked for the presence or absence of key concepts; and (3) paradigm, in which a researcher projects an ideal methods text as a bench mark against which others may be compared. Another system providing a rough instrument for judging the strengths and limitations of textbooks is the Hare system. Using this letter system, a list of 31 books published between 1958 and 1968 was sent to 100 college English methods instructors who were asked to rank the books from 1 (highest) to 4. Sixty-one instructors responded. The results of this survey correlated well with earlier data obtained through the use of the other three evaluation systems, showing that Hook's text is best for a general overview of English teaching; Loban, Ryan, and Squire for in-service teachers; Bernstein for highest student interest; Guth for scholarship; and Burton and Simmons for application. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: New York State English Council.