Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class.
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Textbooks were once a major piece of educational infrastructure. But as digital content expands, a new kind of 'textbook' is improving the quality of K-12 instruction.
Textbooks can be costly.
A number of universities around the world are providing free textbooks to first year university students as a way to increase retention rates.
The resources kids have at school and home influence their performance in science.
Policies must seek to improve the manner in which the language of instruction is taught to learners who don't speak that language at home.
Does Japan’s moral education system leave any room for students to appreciate diversity and think critically?
The changes required of a textbook that referred to a bakery – an “inappropriate” form of Japanese culture – illustrate how the system falls short of its goals of deliberative and critical education.
It’s not enough for textbooks just to be present in a classroom. They must support learning.
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Textbooks in sufficient quantities are effective in improving the quality of education but in Africa language poses a problem to how pupils interact with the material they are taught.
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Teachers in South Africa need far more high quality professional development, policy direction and support to take social cohesion from concept to classroom
Many students don’t consider downloading textbooks to be piracy.
When it comes to accessing online learning materials, university students don't think much about whether their downloads might amount to piracy or copyright infringement.
Paying for expensive textbooks could become a thing of the past.
An open access textbook model is gaining traction in the US and Australia and shaking up the publishing industry.
An exhibition about France’s long history in Algeria.
France's colonial legacy remains an uncomfortable subject.
What’s missing in the telling of this history?
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American textbooks confine the history of indigenous peoples to a distant past.
Should history textbooks be revised to include Native American voices?
Are textbooks having an impact on the framing of race issues?
Textbook language can influence thinking. So, what do some textbooks say on issues of race?
Extensive research shows that textbooks are crucial to children’s learning.
Textbooks have been at the centre of two major South African court cases. They may not be a magical cure for all the country's education ills, but research shows they are a critical part of learning.
Being able to learn science in a number of languages helps children to develop an understanding of concepts - like the robotics used to build this dinosaur.
Using more than one language when teaching and learning science in schools can greatly enhance concept development. This in fact goes to the heart of science.
Children develop based on their interactions with people, books and cultural artefacts. History textbooks could have a great deal to teach them about empathy.
Are history textbooks constructing the past in a way that allows learners to develop empathy by walking in many different people's shoes?
British teenagers visit Auschwitz on a school trip.
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