Religious Education:What are the limitations of textbooks in the teaching and learning of Religious Education?

CHAPTER FIVE

5a ix). Examine the limitations of textbooks in the teaching and learning of Religious Education.

Limitations of textbooks in teaching and learning of R.E
Textbooks have the following shortcomings:

(1) Some of them provide sketchy information on important topics and this disadvantages readers who sorely depend on them.

(2) When overused they replace the instructor classroom.

(3) Textbooks predigest material and so deny the learners the need to think, organise and
arrive at independent conclusions.

(4) They encourage rote-learning.

(5) Sometimes the textbooks represent the views of the author or government of the day
thus indoctrinating the learners.

(6) Textbooks are pre-planned and do not meet the varied abilities of a typical class.

The class members usually move together as if they are of the same ability thus
ignoring individual differences. They treat too many topics, present too many ideas
too fast to be absorbed within a given period of time. It does not matter whether the
learners have understood or not.

(7) Textbooks are usually not written in readable form. Rarely do students comment on
the excitement and vigour of a textbook as they might on the qualities of a motion
picture or a recording.

(8) Textbooks are hard to keep up-to-date. In some topics the material is out of date by
the time the book appears in the market and it takes time before it is revised

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