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ERIC Number: ED316560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Instrument for Textbook Assessment.
Huetteman, Julie Doidge
An instrument to assist in assessing textbooks was created to provide a concise format for comparison and evaluation. Textbook characteristics were selected to illustrate content and proportion of characteristics of textbooks. Nine textbook characteristics were selected for quantifying the content areas of textbooks: (1) number of pages in the textbook; (2) number of pages of text; (3) proportion of text space; (4) frequency of photographs; (5) proportion of photograph space; (6) frequency of tables/charts/illustrations (T/C/I); (7) proportion of T/C/I space; (8) proportion of other space; and (9) SMOG readability level. Data collection charts were assessed for content validity by a panel of experts. Field testing of the data collection chart was performed by a panel of instructors. Interrater reliability was assessed at 0.88. Analyses made of each textbook page involved: scanning the page for headings or titles indicating content area; counting the number of photographs and T/C/I; and estimating the page space to determine the proportion of the textbook characteristics (text, photographs, T/C/I, and "other" characteristics). Compilations of data are presented in terms of descriptive statistics (frequency, percentages, mean, and rank order). Recommendations are provided for use of the instrument in assessing textbook characteristics and content. The data collection chart and analyses of sample textbook pages are provided. (Author/TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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