ERIC Number: ED240013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Latin America in World Geography Textbooks for the Secondary School.
Andereck, Mary E.; Dixon, Clifton V., Jr.
The purpose of this study was to quantitatively analyze the Latin American content of contemporary world geography textbooks published for United States secondary schools. A preliminary review of the literature indicated that Latin America was generally omitted from world geography texts, Central America was given minimal attention, and contemporary politics received inadequate treatment. Six textbooks chosen randomly from professional journal advertisements were analyzed for the space devoted to Latin America and the specific distribution of content on Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil. These five representative study regions were analyzed according to the four main topical areas of historical geography and general culture, physical geography, contemporary trends, and general geographic statements. A comparison of survey findings with results of a 1944 study of textbooks conducted by the American Council on Education indicated the following: a more balanced distribution of topical content among world regions, allocation of space to Latin America equal to that of Europe and Africa, a decrease in the amount of Latin American space devoted to the five surveyed regions, and substantially increased emphasis on contemporary trends. Six tables present survey findings. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Latin America
Note: Paper presented at the National Council for Geographic Education Conference (Ocho Rios, Jamaica, October 23-28, 1983).