Textbook Practices: Reading Texts, Touching Books

  • Georg Kolbeck
  • Tobias Röhl


Drawing on practice theory, a programme of research is delineated that focuses on textbook practices. Textbooks and their textual content are seen as materially shaped textual artefacts that are adapted, transformed, contested, subverted, or may even be banned from the classroom. Mapping qualitative research that deals with the use of textbooks, two shifts denoting an increasing recognition of practices in textbook research are identified: a shift from static content to dynamic texts in use and a shift from written language to the material artefact itself. The chapter concludes by outlining possibilities for further research on textbook practices.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Kolbeck
    • 1
  • Tobias Röhl
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany

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