ERIC Number: ED061132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Early Elementary-Level Social Studies Textbooks. A Report in Regards to Their Treatment of Minorities.
Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.
The eight books examined in this study were the most recent editions of: Observing People and Places; Exploring Our Needs; At Home in Our Land; The Social Sciences: Concepts and Values; Communities and Social Needs; Learning About Communities: One Plus One; Investigating Man's World: Local Studies; and, Communities and their Needs. A group of six elementary education and social studies specialists were chosen to examine each of these books in terms of the degree to which the textbook fairly includes recognition of the achievements and accomplishments of various ethnic and racial groups. From this broad criterion, the Committee set up a list of 19 specific criteria. Some of these are: 1) What are the implicit assumptions of the content, both pictorial and verbal; 2) Is the legitimacy of a variety of life styles acknowledged; 3) Are present-day problems realistically presented; and, 4) Are ethnocentric views reinforced or worked against? The Committee found that though these textbooks were, perhaps, not as good as they might be, still, as a group, they represent an improvement over similar books published only a few years ago. However, the textbooks still do not present the great social problems of our time in as direct a way as they might. The report also presents reviews by the Committee of each of the textbooks included in the study. (Author/JLB)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.