Call for Proposals

Nominations sought for the Textbook of the Year 2021

The ‘Textbook of the Year’ award, presented annually by the Georg Eckert Institute and its partners the bpd (Federal Agency for Civic Education) and the Didacta Association, recognises and honours publishers and authors who have demonstrated boldness and innovation in the didactic, methodological and design elements of their textbook concepts and have risen to meet the challenges of competence-based learning. The three finalists in each category are selected by a high-calibre panel of experts from academia, education practice and publishing.

The winners will be announced in March 2021at the didacta education fair in Stuttgart. The award is under the patronage of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Länder. By honouring innovative textbook concepts we aim to provide a stimulus for wider debates on the subject of textbooks and their significance in the classroom as well as to raise awareness of the social significance of textbooks and educational media and to advance the continuous improvement and development of educational materials.

The award will be presented to one lower secondary level textbook for the curriculum in each of the following categories:

  • Languages
  • Society
  • STEM

Entry requirements

  • Print or digital
  • Designed for lower secondary level (years 5-10)
  • Published after 1 July 2018
  • Curricular teaching materials i.e. textbooks or multi-part learning material, in the categories: languages (German, foreign languages), social studies and science, and mathematics.
  • For the special prize: extra-curricular, specialised or interdisciplinary teaching materials

Entry conditions

  • Textbooks for general education subjects may be entered into any of the three categories: languages, society or STEM.
  • Educational media publishing companies and other media producers may submit up to three titles per category.
  • Twelve copies of each nominated work must be sent with the submission or twelve licences made available.
  • Where possible, five copies of any supplementary material, which would generally be ordered separately (optional CD/DVD, teacher’s handbook etc.), should be sent to the jury in order to illustrate the overall concept.
  • Textbook users (teachers, pupils etc.) may also submit nominations by e-mail. The Georg Eckert Institute will then request jury copies from the publishers.

Closing date for applications: 31 August 2020

Please send your nominations to:

Georg-Eckert-Institut –Leibniz-Institut für internationale Schulbuchforschung
„Schulbuch des Jahres 2021“
Celler Str. 3
38114 Braunschweig

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