ERIC Number: ED189021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Use of Social Studies Textbooks. Bulletin 63.
Patton, William E., Ed.
Seven articles present exercises and techniques to counteract weaknesses and deficiencies in social studies textbooks. Authors of the articles are William E. Patton, Donald O. Schneider, Mary Jo McGee Brown, Thomas N. Turner, Martin W. Sandler, and Jean Dresden Grambs. The authors are involved in various aspects of education, including curriculum development and teaching on elementary, secondary, and college levels. The guidelines are intended to aid elementary and secondary social studies classroom teachers in devising more meaningful ways to use textbooks as resource tools. Problems common to social studies textbooks include outdated material, stereotyping of women and ethnic groups, and failure to meet class needs. Various articles focus on updating textbook content, helping students understand textbook material, helping less able readers, analyzing illustrations, and correcting sex and ethnic stereotypes. Articles include information on identifying, solving, and evaluating specific problems (called Springboard Lessons); using visuals to update information; directing students to construct collages in inquiry/discovery lessons; helping students learn concepts such as categorization and association; and using examples of stereotypes to teach students what to avoid. Also included are a bibliography of materials on textbook content and analysis and a sample textbook evaluation form. (DB)
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Instructional Improvement, Reading Achievement, Social Studies, Stereotypes, Student Motivation, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbooks, Use Studies
National Council for the Social Studies, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20016 ($6.95)
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.