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Cuadernos de Investigación UNED

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ANDRES JIMENEZ, Carmen  e  ANCHETTA MEZA, Gloriana. Education elements in textbooks at UNED, Costa Rica, 2017 and 2018: use frequency and improve possibilities. Cuadernos de Investigación UNED [online]. 2020, vol.12, n.1, pp.181-193. ISSN 1659-4266.

Introduction: The production of textbooks in the Costa Rican Distance University must use a series of elements needed for distance education. Objective: To identify the most important educational elements used by the editors. Methods: We used a questionnaire and an editor’s focus group to identify the frequency for each element in 24 textbooks. Results: More than 90% of the didactic units contain: graphs or diagrams, charts, definitions, practical cases, didactic discourse, “attractions”, examples and signs. Between 70 and 90% use: images, attention calls, logical sequence and inserted questions. Less than 70% use anecdotes, establishment of contrary points, humanization of the text, summaries, timelines and metaphors. Conclusions: While most of the recommended elements are used, there is room for improvement in the variety and subject adaptation of learning elements used in these textbooks.

Palavras-chave : Distance education; mediation; foundational theories; quality education; curriculum design; focus groups.

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