Assessment of Recommended Textbooks for Senior Secondary Schools Government Curriculum Implementation in Osun State, Nigeria.
The study assessed relevance of the contents of recommended Government textbooks as specified in the Government curriculum. It examined appropriateness of learning activities provided in the recommended Government textbooks and finally determined the readability of the recommended Government textbooks used for teaching in Osun State secondary schools. The study employed descriptive survey research design. The study population comprised teachers of both private and public secondary schools as well as Government textbooks used in senior secondary school in the state. The sample for the study consisted of 120 Government teachers selected using multistage sampling procedure and six recommended Government textbooks. Thirteen Local Government Areas (LGAs) were selected from the State’s three Senatorial Districts using simple random sampling technique. Five private and five public secondary schools were selected from each LGA using simple random sampling technique. From the selected schools, one Government teacher was selected purposively. Six recommended Government textbooks were purposively selected based on their popularity with teachers and students. The instrument used in this study was Adapted Textbook Evaluation Model of Richard (ATEMR, 2002), which emphasized Pre-evaluation Analysis (PeA), Pre-evaluation Evaluation (PeE) and Evaluation During and After Use (EDAU) respectively. The reliability coefficient of the test was 0.78 using Cronbach’s alpha indicating that the instrument was reliable. Data collected were analysed using frequency counts, percentages and means statistical method of data analysis. The findings showed that the recommended Government textbooks used in Osun State secondary schools were readable for the students. The study concluded that the contents of recommended Government textbooks were relevant and reflect those specified in the Government curriculum; contained appropriate learning activities and that the recommended Government textbooks used in teaching Government secondary schools in Osun State secondary school were readable.