Critical Analysis of Science Textbooks: Evaluating by Iztok Devetak, Janez Vogrinc (auth.), Myint Swe Khine (eds.)

By Iztok Devetak, Janez Vogrinc (auth.), Myint Swe Khine (eds.)

The severe research of technological know-how textbooks is essential in enhancing educating and studying in any respect degrees within the topic, and this quantity units out various educational views on how that evaluation may be performed. every one bankruptcy specializes in a side of technological know-how textbook appraisal, with assurance of every little thing from theoretical and philosophical underpinnings, methodological matters, and conceptual frameworks for severe research, to useful ideas for evaluation.

Contributions from some of the such a lot distinct students within the box supply this assortment its sure-footed modern relevance, reflecting the overseas criteria of UNESCO in addition to prime study agencies akin to the yank organization for the development of technology (whose undertaking 2061 is an influential waypoint in constructing protocols for textbook analysis). therefore the e-book indicates find out how to gauge elements of textbooks akin to their therapy of arguable matters, graphical depictions, clinical historiography, vocabulary utilization, accuracy, and clarity. The content material additionally covers broader social subject matters akin to the portrayal of girls and minorities.

"Despite more recent, extra energetic pedagogies, textbooks proceed to have a powerful presence in school rooms and to include scholars’ socio-historical inheritance in technology. regardless of their ubiquitous presence, they've got got fairly little on-going empirical learn. it really is vital that we know the way textbooks impression technological know-how studying. This publication offers a welcome and masses wanted analysis."

Tina A. Grotzer
Harvard college, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The current e-book offers a far wanted survey of the present nation of analysis into technological know-how textbooks, and provides a variety of views to notify the 'science' of writing greater technology textbooks.

Keith S Taber
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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C-2. An image with a score of 2 would be relatively easy to interpret, but the link between the text and the new information would be less concrete. For example, the caption could use different verbiage. 6. C-3. An image with a score of 3 would add new information, but the image would require background knowledge and scrutiny to derive its meaning. References American Association for Advancement of Science. (1994). Benchmarks for science literacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , & Pinto, R. (2002).

The following examples taken from AJ206 show how conditional if clauses are used at various points throughout the chapter: If the circuit is broken on one of the pathways, then the others are not affected. If a north pole is placed near a south pole, then they are pulled towards each other. If a constant DC current is fed in, nothing happens. Only if the current is somehow turned on and off will the induction coil produce a spark. The rules serve not only the purpose of categorising (for instance, circuits as series or parallel or magnetic forces as attractive or repulsive) but also the purpose of establishing the arrangements for or the uses of components within one of the alternatives.

Oxford: Oxford University Press. , & Pinto, R. (2002). Students’ reading of innovative images of energy at secondary school level. International Journal of Science Education, 24(3), 285–312. , & Slough, S. W. (2012). Digital delight or digital doldrum: A study of graphical representation in digital science textbooks. In P. ), Society for technology and teacher education annual 2012 (pp. 4492–4497). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Atkinson, R. , Levin, J. , Kiewra, K. , Kim, S. , Atkinson, L. , et al. (1999).

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