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 AVAILABILITY. Printed materials are readily

available on a variety of topics and in many
different formats.

 FLEXIBILITY. They are adaptable to many

changes to many purposes and may be used in
any well-lit environment.

 PORTABILITY. They are easily carried from place

to place and do not require any equipment or
 USER FRIENDLY. Properly designed printed
materials are easy to use, not requiring special
effort to “navigate” through them.

 ECONOMICAL. Printed materials are relatively

inexpensive to produce or purchase and can be
 READING LEVEL. The major limitation of printed materials is
that they are written at a certain reading level.

 MEMORIZATION. Some teachers require students to

memorize many facts and definitions.

 VOCABULARY. Some texts introduce a large number of

vocabulary terms and concepts in a short amount of
 ONE-WAY PRESENTATION. Since most printed materials are
not interactive, they tend to be used in a passive way,
often without comprehension.


dictate the curriculum rather than being used to support
the curriculum.

 CURSORY APPRAISAL. Selection committees might not

examine textbooks carefully.