ERIC Number: ED196762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
1978-79 Michigan Social Studies Textbook Study, Volume II.
Chapman, John M., Ed.
This document, Volume II of a two-volume report on the extent to which four elementary level social studies programs reflect the multi-racial, multi-cultural nature of American society, contains individual reports of each reviewer. Fifteen reviewers examined textbooks and accompanying instructional materials according to the degree to which they accurately reflect our multi-cultural society, portray people from other areas of the world, are concerned with the handicapped and women, are adequate for bilingual and gifted students, are at appropriate reading levels, and accurately reflect current scholarship in social studies education. Textbooks and/or programs reviewed were "Concepts and Inquiry" (Allyn and Bacon, 1978), "The Social Sciences: Concepts and Values" (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1970), the "Holt Databank System" (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1972), and "Windows on Our World" (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976). The findings are organized according to reviewer, each of whom was assigned a specific topic in analyzing all four programs. These topics are Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe, Handicapped, Women, Bilingual, Gifted and Talented, Readability (two reviewers), and social studies scholarship. General findings demonstrate that none of the programs is adequate in all categories; significant deficiencies exist in terms of sex bias, handicapped, and American Indians; and much work is required before textbooks will accurately reflect our pluralistic society. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing.
Note: For a related document, see ED 091 273 and SO 013 040. Pages 249-255 are of marginal legibility and may not reproduce clearly from EDRS in microfiche or paper copy.