Suggested Format for SH&E Text Reviews in JSHER
The main function of including a formal SH&E text book review in each issue of JSHER is to grow an archive of information about the many SH&E texts available to SH&E educators. This kind of a resource could assist SH&E educators in developing courses, or in deciding whether the field needs new or revised SH&E text books.
JSHER recommends that interested authors adopt the following format for their review.
- Name of text, authors and author degrees and certifications/credentials, ISBN number, price, pages, publisher (picture of the cover if available).
- Review the table of contents.
- Review of the content:
- Is the primary audience undergraduate or graduate students (or both?)
- Is the content accurate?
- Is the content thorough and professionally presented?
- What are the strong points and weaker points of the text?
- What is the quality of the writing? Is the voice appropriate?
- Is the organization of chapters as well as the content within each chapter well done? Are there student learning objectives at the outset of each chapter? Is there a conclusion at the end of each chapter?
- Is the quality of the references, the appendices, the tables, graphs, charts and other visual aids appropriate?
- How would you rate the "teachability" of the content - do the chapters read well, are there good examples, sample problems, anecdotes, etc., are there specifically highlighted aspects of SH&E accessible to the student (such as sidebars, case studies, etc.),
- What is the quality of supporting materials: For example, is there a teacher's guide with sample case studies, problems and their solutions and sample test questions, sample graphics, PowerPoint slides, etc? Does the text come with a CD or web-based support?
- Final recommendation; either a thumbs up or down statement. This is the "would you use it in your program" litmus test.. Your language here should be polite and respectful.
- Your name, degree, credentials and place of employment.