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close this bookThe Elaboration of School Textbooks - Methodological Guide (UNESCO, 1989, 66 p.)
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View the documentPREFACE
View the documentNOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
close this folderI. INTRODUCTION
View the documentTextbooks and educational achievements
View the documentProvision of school textbooks
View the documentProjects to develop the production of textbooks
close this folderConditions and Constraints on textbook production
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View the documentIdentification of needs
View the documentFinancial resources
View the documentElaboration of textbooks
View the documentPublishing
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View the documentDistribution
View the documentCirculation and marketing of school textbooks
View the documentThe decision to produce a textbook
close this folderFormulas and conditions for the elaboration of textbooks
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View the documentOriginal design
View the documentAdaptation of existing textbooks
View the documentTranslation
View the documentRights and protection of authors and translators
close this folderII. ELABORATION OF TEXTBOOKS
View the documentThe main categories of textbooks
View the documentThe roles of textbooks
View the documentThe objectives in using textbooks
View the documentTeacher Training
View the documentThose elaborating the textbook
View the documentThe author's contract
close this folderIII. TEXTBOOK MANUSCRIPTS
close this folderTextbooks and curricula
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View the documentTeachers guides and school textbooks
View the documentThe content of textbooks - origins
close this folderThe nature of content
View the documentAccuracy
View the documentPrecision
View the documentTopicality
View the documentObjectivity
View the documentContribution to social objectives
View the documentLearning experiences and development of aptitudes
View the documentProgression of concepts and development of abilities
View the documentInterdisciplinarity
close this folderEducational approaches
View the documentLevels of ability of pupils
View the documentInterests and motivation of pupils
View the documentStimulating an enquiring mind
View the documentLearning and evaluation exercises
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close this folderDrafting a manuscript
View the documentThe outline of the manuscript
View the documentStructure and organization of chapters
View the documentPresentation of chapters
View the documentThe text: language used in textbooks
View the documentVocabulary in textbooks
View the documentPhrases
View the documentPunctuation
View the documentThe thread, or continuous link
View the documentThe summary
View the documentWriting style
View the documentThe first and last pages of a manuscript
close this folderIV. ILLUSTRATIONS
View the documentThe role of illustrations
View the documentTypes of illustrations
View the documentCharacteristics and conditions of a good illustration
View the documentThe cost of illustrations
View the documentThe qualifications of illustrators
close this folderV. MANAGEMENT OF THE ELABORATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
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close this folderSchool Textbook Committees
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View the documentFunctions of Textbook Committees
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View the documentWorking procedures
close this folderSubmission of manuscripts
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View the documentSubmission dates
close this folderTechnical guide-lines for presentation and composition of text
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View the documentCorrections in the text of the manuscript
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close this folderThe final manuscript
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View the documentSubmission of the final manuscript
View the documentThe definitive manuscript
close this folderVI. EVALUATION OF THE FINAL MANUSCRIPT
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View the documentAspects of evaluation
View the documentQuestions to be raised in the evaluation of a final manuscript
View the documentGuidelines for evaluation
View the documentThe evaluators
close this folderModalities and criteria for evaluation
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close this folderThe trial edition
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View the documentTesting
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View the documentVII. CONCLUSION
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(introduction...)

Many countries do not yet have sufficient experience in the elaboration of textbooks and their generalized use at all levels of schooling. In such cases, a trial edition can avert serious drawbacks and waste of resources which would result from the mass production of school books which contain shortcomings which could be prejudicial to the quality of teaching. Such cases can occur in a country where there are no competent authors, or no teachers with sufficient experience in writing textbooks. For these reasons a trial edition should be tested, the main objective being to evaluate the effectiveness of the final, revised textbook in the teaching-learning process within a real school situation.

A trial edition can be produced with relatively limited resources, using, for instance, mimeographed reproduction or printing on small off-set presses. Illustrations playing an important role in the text should be reproduced, unless reproduction involves complicated techniques (such as the use of several colours). Reproduction in black and white can often suffice.

Copies may be limited to a few hundred.