Text-books occupy a very important place in the teaching of Geography. They form part of the traditional teaching aids. In fact it would be wrong to call them teaching aids. They are a means of important knowledge.
It is through text-books that the knowledge is imparted to students. They serve as a guide and means for the teachers as well as the students.
Through the help of the text-books the teacher can impart knowledge to the students and can help them to revise the lesson learnt in the class-room.
With the help of the text-books it is also possible to give home task to the students. If properly used text-books can go a long way in the teaching of Geography in a successful manner.
It is possible to teach regional Geography without using textbooks but it is not possible to teach Geography of larger areas, such as country, sub-continent, or the world, without the use of the Geography.
These text-books are written with a specific purpose of serving the needs of the students and so it is very necessary for them to be useful and good. These text-books should be so designed that they may serve the purpose of the students of the standard for which they are used.
They should neither be very bulky nor very small. There should be enough material to serve the purpose of the students.