ERIC Number: ED179004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Textbooks and Achievement: What We Know. World Bank Staff Working Paper No. 298.
Heyneman, Stephen P.; And Others
This paper reviews studies from twelve less-industrialized countries on the relationship between textbook availability and academic achievement. The studies included a variety of measures, methodologies, and reporting procedures and focused on different achievement indicators, for example, math, science, reading, and language. The paper points out the differences in the way these studies were designed and the way the data were analyzed. It concludes that the availability of books appears to be the most consistent school factor in predicting academic achievement. It is positive in 15 of the 18 statistics (83 percent). The paper suggests four areas for future research and evaluation: (1) analysis of existing sets of survey information, (2) collection of new data from intervention experiments, (3) studies of book production and use in classrooms, and (4) exploration of questions on distribution, equity, and costs. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Bank, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Chile; Thailand