Critical Analysis of Science Textbooks

Evaluating instructional effectiveness

Editors: Khine, Myint Swe (Ed.)

  • Synthesizes the growing body of research on science textbooks Helps readers to understand rationale, protocols, and applications in recent research on textbooks
  • Lays out conceptual issues and methodological advances in textbook analysis ​
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The critical analysis of science textbooks is vital in improving teaching and learning at all levels in the subject, and this volume sets out a range of academic perspectives on how that analysis should be done. Each chapter focuses on an aspect of science textbook appraisal, with coverage of everything from theoretical and philosophical underpinnings, methodological issues, and conceptual frameworks for critical analysis, to practical techniques for evaluation.

Contributions from many of the most distinguished scholars in the field give this collection its sure-footed contemporary relevance, reflecting the international standards of UNESCO as well as leading research organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science (whose Project 2061 is an influential waypoint in developing protocols for textbook analysis). Thus the book shows how to gauge aspects of textbooks such as their treatment of controversial issues, graphical depictions, scientific historiography, vocabulary usage, accuracy, and readability. The content also covers broader social themes such as the portrayal of women and minorities.

"Despite newer, more active pedagogies, textbooks continue to have a strong presence in classrooms and to embody students’ socio-historical inheritance in science. Despite their ubiquitous presence, they have received relatively little on-going empirical study. It is imperative that we understand how textbooks influence science learning. This book presents a welcome and much needed analysis."

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

The present book provides a much needed survey of the current state of research into science textbooks, and offers a wide range of perspectives to inform the 'science' of writing better science textbooks.

Keith S Taber
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

About the authors

Myint Swe Khine is Associate Professor and Head of Graduate Programs and Research Division at Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Science and Mathematics Education Centre, Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He received his Master degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA and University of Surrey, Guildford, UK; and Doctor of Science Education from Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He worked in Nanyang Technology University, Singapore and Murdoch University, Australia before joining the University of Bahrain. He publishes widely in the academic journals and edited several books. Recent publications include Engaged Learning with Emerging Technologies (Springer, 2006), Teaching with Technology: Strategies for Engaging Learners (Prentice-Hall, 2006), Knowing, Knowledge and Beliefs, Epistemological Studies across Diverse Cultures (Springer, 2008), and Fostering Scientific Habits of Mind: Pedagogical Knowledge and Best Practices in Science Education (Sense Publisher, 2009), New Science of Learning: Cognition, Computers and Collaboration in Education (Springer, 2010). His latest books, Perspectives on Scientific Argumentation and Advances in Nature of Science are published by Springer in 2011.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This edited book brings together a diverse collection of chapters, each concerned in some sense with analyzing science textbooks. … For authors, publishers and adopters of science textbooks this could be an important collection of papers. The contributions here offer many useful insights for those selecting a textbook for student use, and should be required reading for all science textbook authors.” (Keith S. Taber, Teacher Development, December, 2014)

“Critical analysis of science textbooks enlightens readers about how textbook analysis is a very rich domain to investigate and how textbooks influence science teaching and learning processes. … Although this book is aimed at researchers who study textbook analysis, I found it useful for science teachers and textbook authors as well.” (Canan Nakiboğlu, Education in Chemistry, March, 2014)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • The Criteria for Evaluating the Quality of the Science Textbooks

    Devetak, Iztok (et al.)

    Pages 3-15

  • Development of the Graphical Analysis Protocol (GAP) for Eliciting the Graphical Demands of Science Textbooks

    Slough, Scott W. (et al.)

    Pages 17-30

  • Understanding the Disciplines of Science: Analysing the Language of Science Textbooks

    Muspratt, Sandy (et al.)

    Pages 33-59

  • Towards a More Epistemologically Valid Image of School Science: Revealing the Textuality of School Science Textbooks

    Dimopoulos, Kostas (et al.)

    Pages 61-77

  • How Effective Is the Use of Analogies in Science Textbooks?

    Orgill, MaryKay

    Pages 79-99

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-4167-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9421-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Analysis of Science Textbooks
Book Subtitle
Evaluating instructional effectiveness
Editors
  • Myint Swe Khine
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4168-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4168-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4167-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9421-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 312
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