The objective of this guide is to help to put an end to harmful stereotypes. It pursues this objective by assisting all actors involved in textbook production, from design to use, in adopting new approaches and practices based on equality and respect for diversity.
Regardless of their actual role in the development and use of textbooks, all users of the guide can expect to gain heightened awareness of how to promote peace, equality, and social cohesion in developmental and educational contexts. By illustrating the important work of shaping teaching and learning interactions that are free from prejudices and harmful stereotypes, the guide offers insights useful to all those interested in development and education.
The guide was intentionally written in a simple, practical style so as to be immediately accessible to textbook developers, adopters, and users, even those who are working on their own. Although it is designed primarily for textbook authors, curriculum developers, and teachers, it might also be particularly useful for publishers, political stakeholders, and teacher educators.
It is meant specifically to assist in designing, writing and evaluating textbooks: (1) Curriculum developers may, for example, use the guide to help set criteria for the conception and selection of core textbooks as well as supplementary learning materials. It is hoped that application of the guide will, in fact, help to build capacities for critical textbook selection. (2) Teachers may wish to use the guide as a checklist for analyzing existing texts and for recommending revisions to forthcoming editions. (3) Publishers may use the guide at every step of text development, from concept to final production, or they may find it useful in the development of updated editions of well-established titles.