Teachers as Participants in Textbook Development: The Integrated Mathematics Wiki-book Project

Ruhama Even, Shai Olsher

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

The aim of this study is to examine how the conventional relationships
between teachers and textbooks may be expanded so that teachers become
more genuine participants in the process of textbook development. The study
uses the Integrated Mathematics Wiki-book Project to examine how this
challenge might be addressed. The Integrated Mathematics Wiki-book
Project invites teachers to edit the textbooks they use in their classes and to
produce a revised version of these textbooks – wiki-based revised textbook.
Drawing on a variety of data sources from the 1st year activity of nine 7thgrdae teachers, analysis focuses on three aspects: (1) participating teachers’
perceptions of their unconventional role as making changes to a textbook
designed by expert curriculum developers, (2) the nature of teachers’
interactions with the consultants made available for them, and (3) the tension
between customizing the textbook for the specific student population they
taught and generating a more generic textbook for a broader 7th grade student
population.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Chais conference on instructional technologies research 2012
Subtitle of host publicationLearning in the technological era
EditorsY. Eshet-Alkalai, A. Caspi, S. Eden, N. Geri, Y. Yair, Y. Kalman
Place of PublicationRa'anana
Pages30-34
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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