ERIC Number: ED192956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
A Guide for Evaluating and Selecting Multicultural Instructional Materials.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Designed for both school and community personnel, this guide provides assistance in the evaluation and selection of ethnically valid instructional materials which reflect the role and contributions of the diverse racial and ethnic groups in American society. There is a list of 10 criteria for the selection of instructional materials and a statement of the major considerations involved in choosing textbooks that are racially unbiased. The principal method of evaluation described consists of a series of questions with examples which teachers, educators, publishers, or parents can use to examine the content of either individual passages or an entire text for ethnic or racial bias. The questions focus on omissions, stereotypes, distortions, impositions of standards, contributions, and derogatory language. The guide also suggests a method for correcting unacceptable passages. Finally, there are content analysis questions to be applied to the work as a whole. The appendixes include names and addresses of the Illinois regional advisory committees, names and addresses of textbook publishers, and a plan for the effective use of these guidelines. (CM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Identifiers: Cultural Contributions; Illinois