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ADVANTAGES

 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
electricity.
 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
reused.
LIMITATIONS
 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
space.
 ONE-WAY PRESENTATION. Since most printed materials are
not interactive, they tend to be used in a passive way,
often without comprehension.

 CURRICULUM DETERMINATION. Sometimes textbooks


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

 CURSORY APPRAISAL. Selection committees might not


examine textbooks carefully.