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How textbooks affect achievement (English)

This paper analyzes longitudinal data from a national sample of eighth-grade mathematics classrooms (99 teachers and 4030 students) in Thailand to explore the mechanisms whereby textbooks affect student achievement gain. The results indicate that textbooks may affect achievement by (a) substituting for additional post-secondary mathematics education of teachers and (b) delivering a more comprehensive curriculum. The data showed little evidence that textbooks led to better use of classroom time or increased homework. The authors also conclude that policies promoting extensive post-secondary teacher education in favor of investments in essential teaching materials may be inapppropriate, particularly at the lower-secondary level.




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Lockheed, Marlaine E. Vail, Stephen C. Fuller, B

How textbooks affect achievement (English). Education and training series discussion paper ; no. EDT 53 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.