ERIC Number: ED287183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Textbook Selection Criteria for a Multi-Section Basic Course Taught Exclusively by Graduate Teaching Assistants.
Trank, Douglas M.; Shepherd, Gregory J.
Over one million students are enrolled in basic college speech courses each year, providing big business for publishers and authors of speech texts and an opportunity for abuse by faculty who have authored a text or who want to curry favor with a department head who has authored a text. Most multisection basic course programs taught by graduate teaching assistants use textbooks written by the department chairperson, course director or some other significant member of the faculty. A 1980 survey by D. Ochs showed that chairpersons or course directors frequently select course textbooks without consulting faculty and that textbook selection by committees of junior faculty and graduate students is rare. Most courses require a single textbook, that textbook is often selected by a single person, and most institutions have no stated policy regarding the use of faculty authored textbooks. To counteract some of these ethical and procedural weaknesses, a textbook selection committee should: (1) represent a balance of gender, instructor rank, and philosophical orientation; (2) agree on the objectives of the course, and then on criteria for considering, evaluating and choosing textbooks; (3) ensure that most of the potentially appropriate textbooks are considered by reading reviews, looking at national surveys of textbook use, and actively searching for relevant textbooks; (4) adopt a list of textbooks with varied approaches to meeting the stated course objectives, from which instructors can choose the text for their own section. (Seven references are included.) (JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (73rd, Boston, MA, November 5-8, 1987).