Textbook Design

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- The mixture of age groups in the same class bears to witness the lack of schools for girls under the Taliban, Ferdeusi school (Afghanistan)

Under the UNESCO-ISESCO Cooperation Agreement “Guidelines for Promoting Peace and Intercultural Understanding through Curricula, Textbooks and Learning Materials, UNESCO organised three expert meetings to promote peace by contributing toward mutual understanding and building the necessary skills for “learning to live together” in the 21st century:

  • International Experts’ Meeting: Thinking and Building Peace through Innovative Textbook Design, Paris, June 2007
  • Drafting Guidelines Enhancing Quality Education through Textbooks and Learning Media, Expert’s Meeting, Doha, March 2008
  • Developing an Action Plan for distribution, dissemination and implementation of Guidelines Enhancing Quality Education through Textbooks and Learning Media, Cairo, June 2009

There is a shift of focus now from developing content of quality and/or revising content to looking at way in which the content is presented. The instructional design of materials is as important as content in the effort to enhance quality learning through inclusive, participatory methodologies. The output of the three meetings, the ‘Guidelines for Enhancing Quality Education through Textbooks and Learning Media’ document is responding to the concerns related to “instructional design of materials.”  

Thinking and Building Peace through Innovative Textbook Design

 

 

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