An Evaluation of Science Textbooks

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An Evaluation of Science Textbooks

The Thai Basic Education Core Curriculum B.E. 2551 (A.D. 2008) has stipulated that educational institutions should promote and support the utilization of various high-quality learning medias to develop individual student learning. As a national institution, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) has reflected this policy by launching an initiative project of textbook evaluation, consisting of 3 phases, in 2011. In the first phase, textbook evaluation criteria have been developed using the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) framework for Thai educational settings. This paper presents six categories of criteria: the lesson purpose, the content, the phenomenon and learning experience, the communication, the learning activity, and the assessment. The second phase, evaluator preparation have been conducted by training 39 experts to evaluate IPST science textbooks using the criteria. Results of the evaluation training were used to examine the quality of the criteria. In the last phase, these evaluators will use the developed criteria to evaluate non-IPST textbooks. At the end of this project, it is highly expected that these criteria will be extensively used to leverage the quality of science textbooks in Thailand. ,Keywords: Criteria, Evaluation, Science Textbook

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