ERIC Number: ED357985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Aspects of Design.
Until the end of the last century the school textbook served only one purpose, which was to educate; today, faced with competition from the media, it also must be attractive. The development of the textbook over the last century has been characterized, on one hand, by greater diversity, and hence greater complexity, in the typographical methods designed to classify and establish a hierarchy of themes; and, on the other hand, by the growing use of illustrations and color. The typography of a textbook takes part in the didactic message: layout, choice of typeface, and various typographical procedures (boxes, screens, etc.); isolated sections of text to which differences in status and interpretation are allocated; changes in style or boldness of type; and the use of color highlight essential ideas. The reader must master whole sets of often implicit codes that provide a structure for the different elements, at times a difficult procedure. In fact, the reading of a textbook requires an often complex progression through the text, based on the not always obvious role the designer has assigned to the different elements making up the chapter, texts, and illustrations, notably. (Contains 20 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Cultural Cooperation, Strasbourg (France).
Note: Paper presented at the Workshop for Pedagogical Research Into History and Social Sciences (Braunschweig, Germany, September 11-14, 1990).