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Textbook Selection Criteria

(for reference only)

 

Title :


Subject :


 Level :

Publisher :


 Date :

 

Note: The following criteria are based on the main points in the Guiding Principles for Quality Printed Textbooks issued in 2012 which has been put on the webpage of the Textbook Information of Curriculum Development Institute at http://www.edb.gov.hk/textbook. Teachers can adapt the criteria where appropriate.

 

  Comments

Content

 

1.

Conformity / Alignment with the curriculum aims and objectives in the curriculum guide


2.

Effectiveness of content to meet curriculum requirements irrespective of supplementary materials


3.

Accuracy and relevancy of data / information


4.

Accuracy, clarity and development of concepts


5.

Balance of depth and breadth


6.

Appropriate level of difficulty


7.

Smooth interface between key stages of learning / year levels


8.

Presence of multiple perspectives


9.

Absence of biased information / discrimination


10.

Inclusion of suggested references to facilitate consolidation and self-directed learning


 

   

Learning and Teaching

 

11.

Development of generic skills


12.

Development of cognitive skills of all levels, especially higher-order thinking skills


13.

Fostering positive values and attitudes


14.

Catering for student diversity


15.

Inclusion of learning activities essential to achieving the learning targets


16.

Facilitating students to integrate / practise / apply new knowledge


17.

Motivating students’ learning


18.

Clarity of instructions


19.

Variety and purposefulness of learning activities


20.

Inclusion of appropriate activities to facilitate assessment for learning and as learning


 

   

Structure and Organisation

 

21.

Logical organisation of content


22.

Use of table of content and titles / headings / outlines


23.

Appropriate use of overviews, summaries and a student’s guide to facilitate learning


 

   

Language

 

24.

Quality of texts in terms of level of difficulty and support for independent reading and construction of meaning by students


25.

Coherence of text


26.

Opportunities to make good use of language to study the subject


27.

Use of familiar and interesting language


28.

Accuracy of language used


29.

Provision of support for understanding and using subject-specific vocabulary and expressions


 

   

Textbook Layout

 

30.

Logical and consistent layout with appropriate use of space and margin for ease reading


31.

Illustrations facilitate students’ learning


32.

Appropriate separation into volumes / binding in loose-leaves


33.

Design facilitates the reuse of textbook


34.

Appropriate print font size and type


 

   

Textbook Price


 

   

Other Criterion (please specify:________________________________)


 

 

Overall Comments, if any

 


 


 


 


 

(Revised 2012)

Last revision date: 31 December 2013
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