Learner-friendly textbooks: Chemistry texts based on a constructivist view of learning

Tasdelen U., KÖSEOĞLU F.

ASIA PACIFIC EDUCATION REVIEW, vol.9, no.2, pp.136-147, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/bf03026494
  • Page Numbers: pp.136-147


In this study, the use of inquiry methods, learning cycles, a conceptual change model and analogy in creating alternative science texts was discussed. An alternative text on the topic of acids and bases was created by integrating the methods and models discussed in this paper. The alternative text and a sample of a traditional text taken from a textbook, which is still used in Turkish high schools, were given to two groups, totaling 42 pre-service teachers-the alternative text was given to an experimental group and the traditional text to a control group-in an experimental setting and their understandings of acids and bases were compared. In addition, in the second step of the study, the pre-service teachers read both texts and indicated their preferences in terms of interest, understandability and helpfullness.