A textbook answer

From time to time, discussions over the value of textbooks come back. Many teachers have moved away from textbooks over the last decade or so, except perhaps for exam groups. 

Fortunately I still get a few royalties each year from ones that I have written, and am also asked to write others which is nice.

Many schools have moved towards online learning platforms such as OneDrive to host materials and resources, and track student work and be perhaps more flexible. 

This despite some excellent KS3 textbooks that have been published recently: notably the Geographical Association's own book for 11-14 Geography which I use.

Others have turned to bespoke booklets. There are arguments for and against those of course.

In terms of costs, photocopying can be very expensive (black and white printing doesn't cut the mustard when it comes to these resources, and I remain rather unimpressed by 'knowledge organiser' style sheets with lots of Noun Project icons on them...

A few comments on the use of textbooks come through on my social media feeds occasionally.

Dr David Preece has written about this previously: on his blog back in 2021.

As a textbook author, I can appreciate the effort that goes into ensuring that content is carefully checked, and appropriate images sourced. The textbooks I wrote also have to go through an approval process from the awarding body, and also go to reviewers. Great care has to be taken over the use of language, and avoiding particular imagery and content when looking at sales in particular global markets.

It's also interesting to see the use of booklets as well, as an alternative. These have their fans.

Views on textbooks welcome.


Matt Podbury said…
I think this is the best recent Geography textbook out there! We have copies too, and I love the content, style and the topics too. A brilliant job by the authors and the GA.