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Title: Textbooks and Literacy Development in a Multilingual School in Ghana
Authors: Opoku-Amankwa, Kwasi
Issue Date: 17-Aug-2010
Publisher: BTomlinson
Citation: BTomlinson, 2010
Abstract: Books, especially textbooks, have always been a core part of education and continue to dominate teaching and learning in Ghana. As far back as 1963 the government of newly independent Ghana introduced a free textbooks scheme for elementary schools. Under the scheme, government developed, produced and distributed textbooks to schools. The scheme operated under successive governments in various guises until 2002 when a new Textbook Development and Distribution Policy for Basic Education in Ghana was announced (Ministry of Education, 2002). The new policy also supplies free textbooks to basic schools; however it allows private sector involvement in the writing, publishing, printing and production, and distribution of textbooks to schools. The Curriculum Research and Development Division (CRDD), of the Ghana Education Service (GES) evaluates, selects and recommends textbook projects submitted by private publishers for purchase by government and the first major purchase under this new scheme was made at the beginning of the 2005/2006 academic year which commenced in September 2005. In spite of their seminal role in basic education, there is very little information available about what is in the textbooks and the actual interaction between teachers, pupils and texts and how such interactions contribute to learning in classrooms in Ghana. This chapter then, explores the role of textbooks in language and literacy learning in a multilingual classroom in Ghana. The aims are two-fold: to investigate the characteristics of an English textbook (the Gateway to English series) that facilitate the pupils’ literacy development and learning; and to explore how the textbook is used in the real classroom situation for literacy learning.
Description: An article published by BTomlinson, 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/8850
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