ERIC Number: ED185648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
An Evaluation of Textbook Costs, Usage, and Needs.
Frechtling, Joy; Frankel, Steven
One purpose of this study was to examine the adequacy of existing policies regarding the provision of textbooks in a large suburban school district. Another purpose was to determine the cost of meeting a proposed standard for textbook availability, namely, that every student should be provided with copies of the texts he or she uses in all basic academic subjects. Data were gathered from two sources: a survey of teachers and administrators in a sample of 25 schools and an analysis of expenditures for textbooks and other instructional materials. Results showed that needs varied sharply by both grade level and subject matter, with the greatest needs found at the middle or junior high school level. The study also provides descriptive information on textbook usage for classroom and out-of-classroom experiences as well as data on the need for supplementary materials. Extensive tables are included and the appendix offers an alternative cost analysis and a summary of findings. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.