Jobrack, Benerlee, Tyranny of the Textbook: An Insider Exposes How Educational Materials Undermine Reforms. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.


Describes how publishers develop and market educational materials; critiques the effectiveness and quality of such materials; conceptualizes the place of such materials in overall curriculum design and teaching; suggests procedures for evaluating and selecting the best available published curricula.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Guides, Plans, Documents, Materials

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Ampliative Criticism, Theoretical/Conceptual Inquiry

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Content Selection and Organization, Materials Development and Evaluation, Curriculum Development Strategies, Curriculum Theory Creation and Uses


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