A Neglected Aspect of Education in Pakistan
Given the significant role that textbooks play in many countries of the developing world, the presentation highlights issues related to the use of the textbook in rural Pakistan, and identifies ways to improve upon current practices. The findings presented in this presentation emerge from my analysis of teachers’ experiences and practices related to the use of textbooks in schools. Since the existing knowledge base is limited on teachers’ actual use of the textbook, the presentation attempts to fill in this gap by highlighting the various issues related to teachers’ perceptions and practices. These include teachers’ limited use of textbooks, access to textbooks, information gaps and limitations of textbooks – all working to restrict the use of the textbook as a learning resource. The presentation concludes by offering recommendations on improving textbook usage in Pakistan.