December 17, 2010 | In: Articles

Definition of Textbook

A textbook or coursebook (UK English) is a manual of instruction in any branch of study. Textbooks are produced according to the demands of educational institutions. Although most textbooks are only published in printed format, many are now available as online electronic books and increasingly in scanned format in P2P networks.

The ancient Greeks wrote texts intended for education. The modern textbook has its roots in the standardization made possible by the printing press. Early textbooks were used by tutors and teachers, who used the books as instructional aids, as well as individuals who taught themselves.

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. Some teachers reject a textbook approach to learning because the textbook is outdated or insufficiently covers a topic or subject area.

Historically, textbooks were used to ensure consistency in the coursework offered to students according to their grade level or course requirements. Today’s textbook continues to provide countless academic benefits to students and instructors. When used in conjunction with a variety of materials such as games, videos and other reference books, a textbook’s ability to educate increases.

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