December 4, 2021

Book Chapter: “Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate Textbooks”

The book chapter (full text) linked below is published in the book Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate Textbooks. The Open Organization Guide for Educators: Transformative Teaching and Learning for a Rapidly Changing World, Red Hat, 2019.


Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate Textbooks


Christopher McHale
CUNY La Guardia Community College
Ian McDermott
CUNY La Guardia Community College
Steven Ovadia
CUNY La Guardia Community College


via CUNY Academic Works


This chapter is a case study describing how library faculty combined service learning and information literacy to help students evaluate textbooks, comparing commercial ones to Open Education Resources. The underlying idea was to give students not only a scholarly grounding that would help them as they move through their academic careers but also a practical vocational orientation to help them succeed in the workforce and, hopefully, become future contributors to the free culture movement.

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