ERIC Number: ED086585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Economics in Social Studies Textbooks. An Evaluation of the Economics and the Teaching Strategies in Social Studies Textbooks, Elementary Grades (1-6).
Davison, Donald G.; And Others
The report is an evaluation of the economic content and teaching strategies of social studies textbooks that are used in grades one through six. The study, supported by the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, was part of a kindergarten through grade twelve assessment of the treatment of economics in social studies textual materials made under the direction of the Joint Council on Economic Education. The primary purpose of the project was to provide information that might lead to an improvement in social studies texts. Ten widely used textbook series published after 1967 were selected and evaluated by a committee composed of one social studies curriculum specialist, two economists, and six teacher teams. Content criteria used were those recommended by the Task Force Report. Major findings were that: 1) there is increased coverage and more systematic treatment of economic content in new textbook series; 2) the most systematic treatment of economics is in the textbooks for primary grades; 3) there is inadequate treatment of the market system in the intermediate grade texts; 4) there is a lack of structure of economics; 5) materials are marred by inadequate or inaccurate definitions and by errors of analysis; 6) three major considerations accounted for the general inadequacies of the textbook series. Related documents are SO 006 760, SO 006 761, SO 006 762. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Economics, Economics Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Research, Textbook Selection, Textbook Standards
Joint Council on Economic Education, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 ($1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Council on Economic Education, New York, NY.