Books Selection

1. Conformity / Alignment with the curriculum aims and objectives in the curriculum guide
2. Effectiveness of content to meet curriculum requirements irrespective of supplementary materials
3. Accuracy and relevancy of data / information
4. Accuracy, clarity and development of concepts
5. Balance of depth and breadth
6. Appropriate level of difficulty
7. Smooth interface between key stages of learning / year levels
8. Presence of multiple perspectives
9. Absence of biased information / discrimination
10. Inclusion of suggested references to facilitate consolidation and self-directed learning
Learning and Teaching
11. Development of generic skills
12. Development of cognitive skills of all levels, especially higher-order thinking skills
13. Fostering positive values and attitudes
14. Catering for student diversity
15. Inclusion of learning activities essential to achieving the learning targets
16. Facilitating students to integrate / practise / apply new knowledge
17. Motivating students’ learning
18. Clarity of instructions
19. Variety and purposefulness of learning activities
20. Inclusion of appropriate activities to facilitate assessment for learning and as learning
Structure and Organisation
21. Logical organisation of content
22. Use of table of content and titles / headings / outlines
23. Appropriate use of overviews, summaries and a student’s guide to facilitate learning
24. Quality of texts in terms of level of difficulty and support for independent reading and construction of meaning by students
25. Coherence of text
26. Opportunities to make good use of language to study the subject
27. Use of familiar and interesting language
28. Accuracy of language used
29. Provision of support for understanding and using subject-specific vocabulary and expressions
Textbook Layout
30. Logical and consistent layout with appropriate use of space and margin for ease reading
31. Illustrations facilitate students’ learning
32. Appropriate separation into volumes / binding in loose-leaves
33. Design facilitates the reuse of textbook
34. Appropriate print font size and type