ECT 300 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: What are some of the functional use of textbooks in the teaching process?



4a iii). State the functional use of textbooks

4.3.4. Types of written works and symbols.

There are several types of written works. We shall now go ahead and discuss some of them. Textbooks

The term text refers to alphanumeric letters and characters, usually presented to students in the form of printed materials or on a computer screen. Textbooks are published in various forms to specifically serve certain purposes. Examples include study guides, manuals, worksheets, textbooks and computer displays. In the classroom, the textbook is the chief sources of information for both the teacher and the pupils. Textbooks have long been the foundation of the learning process. For it to be of good use to the pupils it should be attractive, colorful and well illustrated. The textbook can be in soft cover or paperback form. They can be fiction or nonfiction. One man drawback in the use of textbooks is that with time they can become outdated. Functional Uses of Textbooks.

Some of the functional uses of textbooks are:-

  1. They can be used as teaching assistants. They allow the teacher to mention the most important points only and leave the rest to be covered in assignments. They also act as source material for both the teacher and the pupils.
  2. They can be used to individualize learning through independent study assignments. The pupils can use them to do assignments individually, the teacher will then be able to identify individual difficulties and attend to them accordingly.
  3. They can be used as the base on which content can be made come alive by the use of appropriate accompanying media, taking field trips, arranging and explaining displays or exhibits, listening to recordings and using other suitable audio-visual media.
  4. They help learners to improve language and research skills. This can be done through:
  •  Condensing the essence of several pages into a brief paragraph
  • Comparing viewpoints of several books or of different sections in the same book.
  • Having pupils look up the meaning of new words and use them in new ways
  • Teaching pupils to read footnotes and to use the library to locate references.
  • Avail visual content use. The visual content of a textbook includes the presence of charts, maps, graphs, pictures, diagrams, and overlays. These supplement the text and provide extra visuals. They also help the pupils to develop and practice the skills of graphic interpretation that are essential to visual literacy.

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