Materials Evaluation #1

Possible Good Features of Materials Evaluation Systems
(Criteria for evaluating systems/checklists)

  • Easy to comprehend and follow.
  • Adequate space for evaluators' reactions
  • Fits on one (or two) page (s)
Rating System
  • Sensitive (not simplistic "black or white" "yes or no")
  • Simple to use, direct (not complicated or confusing)
  • Appropriate for items (questions which the system employs)
Points to be Evaluated
  • Broad and appropriate coverage
  • Organized into logical, comprehensible groupings (with titles, if appropriate)
  • Different, divergent points treated separately
  • Able to accommodate unanticipated, unusual features
  • Space for comments
Section/Space for publication information
  • Material's title, author, publisher, year, price, ISBN, etc.
Section/Space for information on intended audience/users of the material
  • Teachers (English proficiency, professional training, etc.)
  • Students (age, proficiency level, goals, etc.)
Clear instructions for use
  • To insure inter-rater reliability
  • To allow comparisons between ratings of different materials
Provision for easy comparison of several books
  • Book A vs. Book B vs. Book C, etc.
Weighting system
  • For more/less important criteria

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1998 © Dr. Lynn E. Henrichsen
Department of Linguistics
Brigham Young University
Last Updated: Saturday, January 24, 1998