It is argued that teachers will encounter many changes in teaching approaches and possibly in teaching materials resulting from the development and implementation of the national curriculum. With the new national curriculum, there will be new textbooks which will be 'new' as textbooks, but not necessarily new in mathematical content or instructional approaches. Two critical questions for these textbooks (or any textbooks) are: How good are these textbooks, as textbooks? How well do these textbooks fit whatever the 'new' curriculum is? Other questions to consider are: Is the content 'new' and/or substantial? Is the material 'fair' and representative? Elements of a good textbook are discussed including that it should have good design and provide good definitions, worked examples and counter-examples.
Field of Research
130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category
C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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