Why textbooks still have a place in the classroom

In these days of digital plenty, textbooks are regarded as antiquated and expensive. But research suggests pupils’ comprehension may be better with the written word, and modern tomes have a great deal to offer, argues John Rutter

Textbooks still have a place in the classroom

My memories of school textbooks are vague and not particularly happy. The only one of any note involves sitting in a history class copying out seemingly endless lists of information about the kings and queens of medieval England. Leaving aside the teaching methods, which obviously belong to that time, the book itself was a thick tome of dense text and badly drawn black-and-white sketches.

Needless to say, the textbooks of today are somewhat different (as, luckily, are the teaching methods in history). Now, the best textbooks are full of bright pictures, infographics, paragraphs broken up by ...

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