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ERIC Number: EJ1011408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1544-0389
The Required Textbook--Friend or Foe? Dealing with the Dilemma
Skinner, Deborah; Howes, Barbara
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v10 n2 p133-142 2013
The use of a required text is an accepted practice in most college courses, but two-thirds of the students are coming to class without reading the textbook, some of them never buying the textbook at all. A review of the literature about textbook usage and student reading habits provides a comparison between how faculty and students view the pros and cons of the required textbook. The analysis suggests faculty and students share the general benefits of textbook usage (e.g., knowledge, consistent material, accessible) but that those benefits are countered by several personal "costs" from the student perspective. The pros and cons are explained and recommendations offered to help deal with students' concerns. A brief consideration of alternative strategies is presented. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A