ERIC Number: ED240018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
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Education versus Indoctrination: Is It an Issue in Illinois Social Studies?
Solliday, Michael A.; Seiferth, Berniece B.
The extent and nature of censorship in Illinois social studies classrooms is assessed. A questionnaire included in the state Council for the Social Studies newsletter asked social studies teachers at all levels to respond to a 12-item questionnaire covering censorship of texts, teaching methods, textbook selection processes, and origins of censorship. While data are still being analyzed, responses thus far (n=43) suggest that Illinois social studies teachers are relatively free from academic censorship. However, teacher responses to date have been predominantly from secondary- and university-level teachers, making it difficult to assess the situation at the elementary level. Moreover, the issue of self-censorship, in which teachers refuse to cover certain topics, has not been addressed in this study and may be cause for concern to educators and school children. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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