This book is one of the most comprehensive texts discussing the design, selection and adoption of expository textbooks. Focusing on their own analysis, but also drawing on appropriate studies of others, the authors have produced not only a comprehensive discussion of what makes textbooks more readable, but also the steps that designers and adopters may take to apply the authors' recommendations. Textbooks for Learning recognizes the continuing significance of textbooks in the classroom and seeks to improve the present text-book orientated curriculum via practical rather than the more normal theoretical means through the use of wide-ranging illustrations and examples. The authors conclude that the actual design is the key to a successful textbook, not content alone, and designers will find here clear cut guidelines for creating and revising instructional material. Those selecting textbooks for student use now have at their disposal a framework to support the analysis of expository texts and for trainee teachers, a procedure to consider for textbook selection. Future studies of textbooks will necessarily have to start with this book.
Robert C. Calfee is Professor of Education at Stanford University. Marilyn J. Chambliss is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Preface. Foreword. 1. Today's Textbooks, Tomorrow's Minds: The Importance of Textbooks. Part I: The Characteristics of Well-Designed Textbooks: 2. Designing the Ideal Text. 3. The Design of Curriculum and Instruction. 4. Designing the Ideal Textbook. 5. Finding the Design in Textbook Materials. Part II: Well Designed Textbook Publishing, State Adoption, and District Selection: 6. Current Practices: Publishers, States, and Districts. 7. Creating a Design for Publishing, Adopting and Selecting. Part III: Stepping into the Future: 8. A New Approach to Textbook Design: Instructional Support Systems. 9. Bringing about the Ideal: Leaders and Collaborators. References.