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By Iztok Devetak, Janez Vogrinc (auth.), Myint Swe Khine (eds.)

The serious research of technological know-how textbooks is key in bettering instructing and studying in any respect degrees within the topic, and this quantity units out more than a few educational views on how that evaluation could be performed. each one bankruptcy specializes in a facet of technological know-how textbook appraisal, with assurance of every little thing from theoretical and philosophical underpinnings, methodological matters, and conceptual frameworks for serious research, to useful strategies for evaluation.

Contributions from some of the such a lot uncommon students within the box provide this assortment its sure-footed modern relevance, reflecting the foreign criteria of UNESCO in addition to top examine companies corresponding to the yank organization for the development of technological know-how (whose venture 2061 is an influential waypoint in constructing protocols for textbook analysis). hence the booklet indicates tips to gauge points of textbooks similar to their remedy of debatable concerns, graphical depictions, clinical historiography, vocabulary utilization, accuracy, and clarity. The content material additionally covers broader social issues equivalent to the portrayal of girls and minorities.

"Despite more recent, extra energetic pedagogies, textbooks proceed to have a powerful presence in school rooms and to include scholars’ socio-historical inheritance in technological know-how. regardless of their ubiquitous presence, they've got bought particularly little on-going empirical research. it's significant that we know the way textbooks impression technology studying. This e-book offers a welcome and lots more and plenty wanted analysis."

Tina A. Grotzer
Harvard college, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The current ebook offers a far wanted survey of the present kingdom of study into technological know-how textbooks, and gives a variety of views to notify the 'science' of writing larger technology textbooks.

Keith S Taber
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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In contrast, the ten most frequent words for the high diversity chapters are all, with few exceptions, function words. For the two chapters under consideration, the words earth, moon and sun provide links across the different concepts. Even though the concepts themselves are varied, they all depend on particular geometrical configurations for sun, moon and earth. The relative frequencies for the usual set of function words are not substantially reduced; rather, the three words earth, moon and sun are additional high frequency words.

Compounds may be broken down by chemical or physical means). Here, or can be interpreted as establishing a rule that is applicable to a number of entities. g. Magma or molten rock forms when rock …). The other end of this dimension contains just one word, about. Of the two main meanings for about: concerning (… to know something about all living things…) and approximation (It is about 8 km thick under the oceans …), most of the chapters with low scores on this cluster (high frequencies for about) use the approximation sense.

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