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Textbooks, Curriculum, and School Improvement


by David L. Elliott & Arthur Woodward 1990

The preceding chapters of this Yearbook have described the status of commercially published textbooks as the premier instructional material of American public elementary and secondary schools, how they achieved that status, and some of the problems involved. In this final chapter, we summarize and briefly reflect on what we see as the major themes that have emerged from the preceding chapters and then conclude by presenting what we see as some promising directions for future curriculum development efforts and the role of textbooks in these efforts.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 89, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 91 Number 5, 1990, p. 222-232
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18911, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 12:47:43 AM

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  • David Elliott
    Educational Materials Associates
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    DAVID L. ELLIOTT, codirector for Educational Materials Associates in Berkeley, California, is a former director of the Western Projects Office of the EPIE Institute and a former faculty member of the School of Education of the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Arthur Woodward
    University of Rochester
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    ARTHUR WOODWARD is a research associate at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester.
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