December 20, 2010 | In: Articles

Advantages and Disadvantages of Textbook

As the time you visit classrooms, you probably notice and wonder that most, if not all, of those classrooms use a standard textbook series. The reasons for this are many, depending on the design and focus of the curriculum, the mandates of the administration, and/or the level of expertise on the part of classroom teachers.

Textbooks provide you with several advantages in the classroom:

• Textbooks are especially helpful for beginning teachers. The material to be covered and the design of each lesson are carefully spelled out in detail.
• Textbooks provide organized units of work. A textbook gives you all the plans and lessons you need to cover a topic in some detail.
• A textbook series provides you with a balanced, chronological presentation of information.
• Textbooks are a detailed sequence of teaching procedures that tell you what to do and when to do it. There are no surprises—everything is carefully spelled out.
• Textbooks provide administrators and teachers with a complete program. The series is typically based on the latest research and teaching strategies.
• Good textbooks are excellent teaching aids. They’re a resource for both teachers and students.

And thus, the Disadvantages of textbook:

A textbook is only as good as the teacher who uses it. And it’s important to remember that a textbook is just one tool, perhaps a very important tool, in your teaching arsenal. Sometimes, teachers over-rely on textbooks and don’t consider other aids or other materials for the classroom.

As a teacher, you’ll need to make many decisions, and one of those is how you want to use the textbook. As good as they may appear on the surface, textbooks do have some limitations.

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