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ERIC Number: EJ1291701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Two Novel Approaches to the Content Analysis of School Mathematics Textbooks
Petersson, Jöran; Sayers, Judy; Rosenqvist, Eva; Andrews, Paul
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v44 n2 p208-222 2021
The analysis of the content of school textbooks, particularly in a time of cross-cultural borrowing, is a growing field restricted by the tools currently available. In this paper, drawing on the analyses of three English year-one mathematics textbooks, we show how two approaches to the analysis of sequential data not only supplement conventional frequency analyses but highlight trends in the content of such textbooks hidden from frequency analyses alone. The first, moving averages, is conventionally used in science to eliminate noise and demonstrate trends in data. The second, Lorenz curves, is typically found in the social sciences to compare different forms of social phenomena. Both, as we show, extend the range of questions that can be meaningfully asked of textbooks. Finally, we speculate as to how both approaches can be used with other forms of ordered classroom data.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)