Textbook Policies in Asia: Development, Publishing, Printing, Distribution, and Future Implications

Publication | December 2018

This comparative study provides an overview of the textbook production chain and suggests ways in which policy makers can make improvements.

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With evidence from a range of countries, mainly in Asia, the study is intended as a resource for policy makers and as a reference and benchmark for education systems. Although the study focuses on textbooks, which are the priority for governments and teachers and represent the greatest item of expenditure on teaching and learning materials, it also includes other teaching and learning materials including digital resources.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Getting the Policy Rationale Right
  • Good Textbook Policy Supports High-Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Writing Syllabuses, Preparing for Textbooks
  • Textbooks and Examinations: The Chicken and the Egg
  • The Language of Learning
  • Textbook Planning, Writing, and Development
  • Government and the Private Sector in Textbook Development and Delivery
  • Multiple-Textbook Systems: The Great Leap
  • Ensuring Quality: Evaluation, Approval, and Selection
  • The Social Message
  • Getting the Textbooks to the Users
  • Textbook Manufacturing
  • Not Just Textbooks
  • What’s So Special About Copyright?
  • Conclusions
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Education
  • Education sector development
  • 94
  • 8.5 x 11
  • TCS189651-2
  • 978-92-9261-412-6 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-413-3 (electronic)

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