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Textbook : Definition and Meaning

A textbook is a book of instruction. Its primary aim is not to impart information about a specific subject but to enable one to develop proper understanding of the subject. Presentation is extremely important and it is prepared to serve a particular level of readership. It cannot be comprehensive. Often presentation is colorful and attractive, giving plenty, of illustrations and diagrams. A good text-book takes into consideration the method of teaching and level of readership. It is revised keeping in view new development and changing methodology of teaching. There is a difference of opinion about the place of textbooks as treaty sources.

Example:

  • Textbook of crop production, by P.C.  Raheja, etc., Bombay, Asia. 1973.
  • Textbook of cytology by Walter V. Brown and Eldridge M., 2nd ed. Bertke, St. Louis, Mosby, 1974.
  • Theory of Cataloguing, by Girija Kumar and Krishan Kumar, 5th ed, Delhi, Vikas, 1986.
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