The Handbook for Textbook Research will serve as a definitive work; one that will systemise, reflect and consolidate the theoretical and methodological principles of textbook research and of research into educational media related to schools. The work will accomplish this through fulfilment of its dual objectives: the first of which is to produce a comprehensive and professionally substantiated assessment and mapping of the disparate theoretical and methodological approaches existing in this field. The second aim will build upon and further develop the first: taking societal change into consideration as well as the associated changes to educational media formats and their use, the goal is to formulate thematic recommendations for possible combinations of methods and to conceive innovative approaches to future textbook research.
The handbook will follow the hermeneutic tradition prevalent in textbook research but will also identify new trends, theories and methodological orientations in this research field, which advances the remit of the work beyond assessment and requires the development of new perspectives. An exhaustive bibliography and an annotated summary of relevant research institutions and journals complete the handbook.
As a definitive text, the handbook will enable researchers to find and compare information relevant to textbook-related media beyond disciplinary boundaries. In doing so it also contributes to the field of textbook research, hitherto only loosely institutionalised, becoming a more firmly established discipline. This definitive work will be completed in 2016.