ERIC Number: EJ892031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Student Selection of the Textbook for an Introductory Physics Course
Dake, L. S.
Physics Teacher, v45 n7 p416-419 Oct 2007
Several years ago I had to select a new textbook for my calculus-based introductory physics class. I subscribe to Just-in-Time Teaching methods,1 which require students to read the book before the material is covered in class. Thus, the readability of the text by the students is critical. However, I did not feel that I was the best judge of this factor, so I turned the textbook selection into a class project. The students unanimously chose one textbook, which I have now successfully used for three years. The project was decidedly worthwhile, and I gained considerable insight into what students prefer in a textbook.
Descriptors: Class Activities, Textbooks, Textbook Selection, Physics, Calculus, Teaching Methods, Student Participation, Introductory Courses
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