The Social Problems Of College Students Essay

1216 Words Apr 21st, 2016 null Page
As college students, textbooks serve one of the most important jobs in understanding the material that the class is covering. However, sometimes students do not use their textbooks and only focus on the lecture to study. Using only the lectures makes the purchase of a textbook seem pointless and the lack of use of a textbook raises questions about the reasons for not using it. In the social problems class offered here at the University of Oklahoma, the textbook used is Social Problems written by William Kornblum and Joseph Julian. The design of a textbook can often influence the usage of the textbook. Social Problems design decrease the amount readers utilize the textbook because the authors and designers fail to consider students’ response to the design of the textbook.
The size of a Social Problems textbook largely influences the reader’s perceptions of how useful a textbook will be to the student. For example, when asked about his reaction to the textbook at the beginning of the semester, Nicholas Buscemi said, “When I initially picked up the Social Problems textbook, I was extremely discouraged. The size of the book astounded me. It’s so thick! The length of the textbook seems like it’s going to be a pain to handle throughout the semester.” According to Buscemi, the length and size of the textbook largely impacted Buscemi’s emotional response to the textbook. When the audience interacts with the textbook, they did not like the idea of reading the textbook (Grant-Davie,…

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