module offers opportunities for curriculum professionals to develop
their understanding of policies and processes related to the development
of textbooks and other teaching / learning materials by exploring:
- Some features of a range of textbook development schemes;
- Possible roles of the Ministry of Education in providing easily
accessible and quality textbooks;
- Approaches to ensuring quality textbook development;
- The evaluation of textbooks using agreed criteria;
- Other materials (both print and non-print) that can support
the teaching and learning process;
- The development of community-based supplementary teaching and
The module contains five activities:
- Policies for provision management. General options for designing
a policy for textbook development.
- Textbook evaluation and approval. Use of criteria
for revising textbooks.
- Supplementary teaching and learning materials.
Enables discussion on the wider scope of teaching materials that
have to be considered for production and/or acquisition.
- Decisions about implementing e-learning. Highlights
some particular points to be considered when planning the implementation
of e-learning strategies.
- The teacher as curriculum materials developer. Discuss
teacher efforts to produce curriculum materials sensitive to the
Following these activities is a “Resources”
section which contains a list of discussion papers and other resources
referred to in the activities, as well as additional reading material.
Equal access to quality basic education is a key educational policy
target of all countries. In this framework, quality teaching and
learning materials are expected to be available for all students.
The textbook is one type of resource and a vital
one in many contexts. In developing countries, textbooks are a de
facto syllabus and, apart from the teacher, the most important support
for the acquisition of knowledge and skills. They may also be the
only source of information about the curriculum for the teacher;
the only books available in the average child’s household,
and the main source of reading for the child4.
This module explores trends in and processes of textbook
development. In so doing the module examines the obstacles that
publishers, ministries of education, and other actors in this field
may encounter in their attempts to provide easily accessible and
high quality textbooks. Policy strategies and best practices are
Ideally teachers should have teaching-learning resources
available in addition to textbooks. Access to the internet opens
up enormous opportunities to provide materials to supplement textbooks
and enrich the learning environment. However, the ready availability
of these new materials also presents challenges to traditional approaches
to the evaluation and approval of teaching-learning resources.
Bias Detection, Criteria for Textbook Evaluation, Distribution,
E-Learning, Trends, Non-Print Materials, Production, Rental Scheme,
Technical Specifications, Textbook Adoption, Textbook Approval,