Across a large number of countries, reading textbooks is widely used in primary grade reading instruction. In Denmark, a quantitative study has shown that one single reading textbook (The first reading) strongly dominates the primary grades classrooms. The first reading presents itself as a learning material that co-vers all aspects of reading instruction, and that is based on recent research on primary grade reading. This article presents a set of criteria for the analysis and evaluation of textbooks for primary grades reading instruction, based on an overview of recent research studies on reading instruction showing that a bal-anced approach is the most successful (i.e. a combination of technical and meaning-oriented elements). The criteria are exemplified by analysing The first reading with the purpose of answering the question of whether it is actually research based as claimed. The analysis shows that the technical elements are sys-tematically supported by The first reading, whereas the meaning-oriented elements are either left out or treated in an overridingly drill-based manner. In conclusion, it is argued that the set of evaluative criteria might constitute a helpful professional tool for teachers in relation to the challenging task of using text-books as part of a balanced reading instruction.
|Bidragets oversatte titel||Vurdering af læremidler til tidlig læseundervisning: Et sæt vurderingskriterier til dansklæreren|
|Tidsskrift||L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature|
|Udgave nummer||special issue|
|Status||Udgivet - 27 mar. 2020|
- Læring, pædagogik og undervisning