Textbooks are cultural products of primary importance. This publication views school textbooks as a complex genre whose key characteristics should ideally be defined by the student. It illustrates the significance of textbooks to successful learning outcomes and school students' cognitive development. The core of the book is formed by forty-three quality standards for textbooks, their operational definitions, theoretical backgrounds and practical implications. The standards are intended for use by textbook authors and publishers, educational authorities, teachers and others involved in the creation, accreditation, selection and evaluation of textbooks and other teaching materials.
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