What do teachers and learners expect from textbooks? How are textbooks used in the classroom, and do they meet the challenges posed to schools by migration and the inclusion of students with diverse backgrounds and needs? This volume provides a systematic overview of recent and current research on textbooks, investigating the medium’s development in history, subject-specific viewpoints and issues around textbook design alongside aspects of textbooks relating to cognitive psychology and textbooks’ influence on processes of learning. The recommendations with which the volume concludes are intended to provide educational practitioners with a guide to using teaching materials in the classroom and to help drive the continued development of key trends within research and education policy.
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