To the issue of academic standards compliance as the key to high quality textbooks

4(81), 2014
UNC 371.671:006

V. Khanstantinov

Ukraine’s accession to the European educational system has brought new ideas and technologies into the practice of educational process in high school. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of independent work in mastering knowledge. It dwells upon the student handbook, the quality of which significantly affects the developmental and educational nature of learning in general.

The objectives of this article are to draw the attention of colleagues – teachers to the role of textbooks in the classroom, share observations with the typical shortcomings in their thoughts and how to minimize these effects.

The current system of higher education is a complicated and multi-institutional set of ordered relations between teachers and students to provide fundamental scientific theoretical and practical training of the younger generation in view of the current needs of our society. One generally accepted in lace academic standards is the requirement to prepare students qualified teaching staff textbooks on modern theoretical, methodological and methodical level, content and at the same time affordable for everyday use that can be of interest to young people. Textbooks must help students to work creatively and to dive into the deeper layers of concrete science for further time.

Authors must pay their attention to take care of logic and content line-text textbook or textbooks, to make sure of modern scientific level of them. They also must pay their attention to design of the books, especially in terms of language, emphasis on communication with related disciplines and to the future practice.

Conditions that conducive to the release of low-quality educational products are, first, formal relationship by reviewers, editors, scientific and methodological councils and committees, who usually are involved in the case. And, secondly, the virtual absence of external monitoring of the quality of education, because according to the report of the European Commission on the state of implementation of the Bologna process in 2012, Ukraine found itself at the last among member countries place on the level of international participation in monitoring the quality of education.

When writing educational books there is no detail. Here, every detail, every name, every date and requires are important. Inaccuracies in textbooks detrimental to the quality of general and professional training after the publication of a textbook or other learning book begins to live his life.

The public need for quality teaching book is not situational, and will be relevant as long as educational system as an important social institution will exist. Historically formed in high school academic culture, one element of which is the academic standards – a set of rules which ensures compliance with the public demanded high quality training. On the one hand academic freedom allows people to create a comfortable environment for teaching creativity and intellectual personal fulfillment for university students, but on the other hand, it provides a high level of training.

Applying of our educational system to the latest European technologies concerning its organization and functioning, does not mean weakening of attention to compliance certain academic standards, including and especially regarding process of preparing textbooks,which were verified by time. (more…)