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Is Teaching Really by the Book?

by Susan S. Stodolsky - 1989

There is a widely held belief that classroom instruction in elementary school is dominated by textbooks. Indeed, there is little doubt that textbooks are present in most classrooms most of the time. But the assumption that textbooks drive instruction because they are ubiquitous may not be tenable. Exactly what the presence of textbooks signals about their use has not been adequately studied or analyzed. In this essay I shall review the limited research literature on this topic, raise some questions that need answers, and present some preliminary findings about textbook use in actual classrooms.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 88, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 90 Number 5, 1989, p. 159-184
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18933, Date Accessed: 1/25/2021 6:24:03 AM

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  • Susan Stodolsky
    University of Chicago
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    SUSAN S. STODOLSKY is Professor of Education and of Psychology and Human Development, University of Chicago. Her interests are in the impact of subject matter on teaching and learning and in educational program evaluation.
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