ERIC Number: EJ787524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 66
Does Choice of College Textbook Make a Difference in Students' Comprehension?
Durwin, Cheryl Cisero; Sherman, William M.
College Teaching, v56 n1 p28-34 Win 2008
The authors investigate whether the choice of college textbook affects students' comprehension of the material. Forty-eight students from educational psychology courses were randomly assigned to one of two conditions: (1) unfamiliar passages drawn from the textbook used in the course, or (2) comparable passages selected from a competitor textbook. Students read three passages and completed comprehension tests and an opinion survey. No significant differences were found. Implications for textbook selection practices are presented in the discussion section. (Contains 1 table and 5 notes.)
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Educational Psychology, Textbook Selection, Textbook Evaluation, Student Interests, Teacher Education Programs, Intermode Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Instructional Effectiveness, Comparative Testing
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