A case study on textbook selection

Li, Tak-man (1995) A case study on textbook selection. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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The research is a case study on textbook selection in the secondary schools of Hong Kong. It bases on the experience due to the change of the 0-level Chemistry syllabus in 1993 which accompanied with the adoption of new textbooks. The research attempts to find out: (1) The composition and role of book selection committee (if any) , (2) The process of book selection and adoption, (3) The criteria set out in selecting textbook, and (4) The expertise of school professionals in selecting textbooks. The whole population size of secondary schools offering 0-level Chemistry course is 412 and from which JOO samples were drawn in the research. As the researcher was not to differentiate different school types, stratified samples were drawn. The basic method of obtaining information to answer the research questions was to mail questionnaires which was supplemented at the end of the survey with telephone interviews. The final version of 3 questionnaires was accomplished after a series of pilot testing. Out of the 100 mailed out questionnaires, only 67 copies were responded so that the researcher had made 13 telephone interviews asking the same questions a,s set in the questionnaire for bringing up the amount of data to an 'acceptable level'. It wa,s found that setting up of textbook selection committee in choosing textbook wa,s not a usual practice in Hong Kong. 92.5% of respondents said that they did not form any book selection committees. The responsibility of choosing textbooks solely lay on the panel chairperson alone. No differentiation of roles were detected. The selection might be cla,ssified a,s an 'one-step process '. 87. 5% respondents said that they did not receive any textbook selection training apart from the postgraduate certificate in education course. The degree of importance for the criteria in choosing textbook wa,s found a,s follows (in descending order of importance): contents, teaching aids, experiments\activities, exercises, readability, reputation of author, layout, price, size & weight, community values After the research, the researcher suggested that secondary schools should set up textbook selection committee in which participants should differentiate their roles according to their respective expertise. Proper selection procedure should include identification, evaluation, submission and adoption. Before evaluation, needs statements should be drafted for different schools so that textbooks chosen might specifically fit their needs. Other suggestions could be found in the chapter of 'Suggestion & Recommendation'.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Travers, Jonjtravers@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Additional Information: A print copy of this thesis is available for reference use only. MA thesis submitted through Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education which later became the University of Gloucestershire.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Textbook selection: Secondary schools, Hong Kong
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 16:50
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:43
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10554

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