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ERIC Number: ED472706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Experimental Evaluation of Textbooks and Multimedia.
Mikk, Jaan
This paper begins by providing an overview of three types of textbook research methods: asking teachers, parents, or students about the different aspects of textbook quality; textbook analysis, i.e. counting some characteristics of a textbook using strictly fixed rules; and the experimental evaluation of textbooks, usually carried out in schools. Determining the appropriateness of a textbook for Estonian students is discussed, including three issues: which students should take part in the experiment; which tasks should be composed to the content of the textbook; and which level of correct answers is the optimal one. An experimental comparison of the quality of two Estonian textbooks (a textbook of physics for grade 7 and a textbook of anatomy for grade 8) is then presented, based on indices of the efficiency of the textbooks. The problem of equalizing the condition of using the two textbooks is discussed. Summary results present findings for four indicators of efficiency-comprehension, acquisition, information gain, and persistence of knowledge. Unexpected results of the experimental research are described, including the validity of some text characteristics in predicting reading outcomes. (Contains 40 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Estonia