n South African Journal of Higher Education - The use of visual aids in first-year science textbooks used at the University of Botswana

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article discusses the way authors of three year first-year Science textbooks use visual aids. The study was undertaken to give an informed view on the use of visual aids in year one science textbooks for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The investigation sought to ascertain the type of diagrams that the first year Bachelor of Science students at the University of Botswana encounter in their textbooks. This article covers the importance of visual aids and their role in science textbooks. The findings of this study indicate that first-year students in the Bachelor of Science programme at the University of Botswana are exposed to a variety of illustrations. One of the recommendations made in this study is that the Communication and Study Skills course offered to first-year science students at the University of Botswana should train learners to take note of illustrations in their textbooks as they do their reading.

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