ERIC Number: ED098053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Textbook Use by Teachers and Students of Geometry and Second-Year Algebra.
Brown, John Kenneth, Jr.
The uses of the textbook made by the teacher in daily and long-range planning, the uses by the student in daily study and review, and interactive uses between teacher and student relating to homework assignments and reading of the text were investigated. Thirty-six teachers were selected randomly from among those teaching geometry and second-year algebra in high schools near Champaign, Illinois, and six more teachers were specifically selected based on their ratings as excellent teachers by their supervisors. One class was selected from those taught by each teacher. Each class was visited on three or four occasions by the researcher. Each teacher was interviewed after each visit, and student questionnaires were administered during the third observed class. Results revealed very heavy dependence on the text by both teachers and students. Teachers followed the textbook very closely with regard to content selection and sequencing and rarely presented topics not in the text. Content of the text typically was pursued section by section; within sections, teachers usually followed an approach to the topic highly similar to that of the text. No prevalent approach to encouraging and aiding student reading of the text was found. Students did not utilize their text as a reference for subjects other than mathematics, nor in general did they read books about mathematics other than the textbook. (Author/DT)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Instruction, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Education, Research, Secondary School Mathematics, Textbooks
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign