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How are textbooks used in teaching and learning mathematics?


How are textbooks used in the teaching and learning mathematics? Our search for resources on this question is in its beginning stages, but thus far we have found articles examining how textbooks are used as teaching or learning resources in the classroom, on whether textbooks can be a effective tool for learning mathematics, and on how textbooks might be misused.

We welcome comments on this topic and most especially, additions to this list:

Initial References:

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Billingsley, W., & Robinson, P. (2005). Towards an intelligent online textbook for discrete mathematics. Active Media Technology, 2005.(AMT 2005). Proceedings of the 2005 International Conference on (pp. 291–296).

Blom, V. N. (2009). An Investigation of the Relationship between Mathematics Textbook Alignment Preferences, Mathematics Beliefs, Professional Development, Attention to the NCTM Standards, and Teaching Experience (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio University.

Brandstrom, A. (2005). Differentiated Tasks in Mathematics Textbooks. Lulea University of Technolgy, Luea, Sweden.

Bruff, D. (n.d.). Tips for reading your mathematics textbook.

Bryant, B. R., Bryant, D. P., Kethley, C., Kim, S. A., Pool, C., & Seo, Y. J. (2008). Preventing mathematics difficulties in the primary grades: The critical features of instruction in textbooks as part of the equation. Learning Disability Quarterly, 31(1), 21–35.

Chandlet, D. G., & Brosnan, P. A. (1994). Mathematics Textbook Changes from before to after 1989. Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, 16(4), 1–9.

Chavez-Lopez, O. (2003). From the textbook to the enacted curriculum: Textbook use in the middle school mathematics classroom (Doctoral dissertation). University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri. Retrieved from

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