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Teachers' use of textbooks: Practice in Namibian science classrooms

Lubben, F., Campbell, B., Kasanda, K., Kapenda, H., Gaoseb, N. and Kandjeo-Marenga, U. (2003) Teachers' use of textbooks: Practice in Namibian science classrooms. Educational Studies, 29 (2&3). pp. 109-125. ISSN 0305-5698

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Abstract

Incidences of prescribed textbook usage in science classrooms in Namibia have been analysed using an approach adapted from linguistic analysis. Aspects of pedagogic purpose, text genre, and the social interactions between teachers and learners were used to characterise teacher and learner engagement with textbooks, and thus categorise their usage in relation to a national policy of learner-centred education. Results indicate a teacher dominated textbook use and a low frequency and restricted range of textbook references per lesson, with some 40% of the Senior Secondary classes observed making no use of their textbook in class. The major uses of textbooks in class were for diagrams and data, and to verify factual information. Occasionally, questions in textbooks were used as homework to test and/or consolidate knowledge. Pupils rarely initiated a reference to a textbook. It is suggested that if learners are to benefit fully from the investment in textbooks then their teachers need to be helped to use the resource in more constructive ways.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Education (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2009 14:19
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2009 14:19
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03055690303276
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/03055690303276
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6018

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