ERIC Number: ED022781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
The Treatment of Latin America in Social Studies Instructional Materials. Bulletin No. 5.
Gill, Clark C.; Conroy, William B.
The University of Texas Latin America Curriculum Project's survey of instructional materials for elementary and secondary schools revealed specific strengths and weaknesses at all levels. The particular weaknesses found in elementary materials were that (1) instructional materials varied widely in type and quality; and (2) textbooks emphasized physical geography rather than cultural or social background, gave little in-depth knowledge of any one area, emphasized nontypical countries, indiscriminately included names and dates, were overly general about contemporary problems, emphasized recall of facts rather than reasoning, and made little attempt to relate new material to the student's known world. On the positive side, the survey discovered many books and pamphlets available for the elementary grades, as well as some teaching units and visual aids. At the secondary level, the project found that textbooks tended either to lose sight of Latin America in a world picture or to consider only the area's relationship with the United States from 1890 to the 1930's. Bibliographies of supplementary books and pamphlets, some satisfactory teaching units, and film strips were found to be available for use at this level. The use of current events media, although frequently biased, was recommended for use in secondary classrooms over a period of time to develop an in-depth understanding of one area. (LH)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Bibliographies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Elementary Education, Filmstrips, Geography Instruction, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Latin American Culture, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Supplementary Reading Materials, Textbook Bias, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection, Units of Study
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.