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ERIC Number: ED426412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun-18
Pages: 45
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Developing Textbooks That Teach: A Problem-Solving Model of Textbook Design.
Wakefield, John F.
What are textbooks that teach? How can they help solve pedagogical problems? How can their pedagogical design be improved? These questions were used to develop a problem-solving model of textbook design. Textbooks that teach evoke learner activities designed to achieve contemporary cognitive goals. Suggestions for using textbooks to help solve contemporary pedagogical problems are hierarchical, ranging from those which require elementary to complex authoring skills. An author can use this hierarchy to guide efforts to develop a textbook that teaches. Development can further be enhanced by approaching the task as an ill-structured problem. Composing a text calls for planning to write, translating ideas into sentences, and reviewing text. During planning, an author should use goals and objectives to structure text according both to the discipline and to the learning activity in which the reader is to engage. During translating, an author should implement the writing plan reflectively rather than mechanically. During review, an author should obtain both expert appraisal of content and student feedback about learnability, prior to revision. General principles such as these are more appropriate than specific guidelines for solving the problem of "developing a textbook that teaches." (Contains 60 references, 1 table, and 3 figures.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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