ERIC Number: ED086586
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, Junior High School (Grades 7-9).
Watson, George G., Jr.; And Others
The report is an evaluation of the economic content and teaching strategies of social studies textbooks that are used in grades 7, 8, and 9. The study, conducted by the Center for Economic Education at the Lincoln Filene Center, Tufts University, 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. A committee of economists, secondary social studies teachers, and supervisors selected and analyzed 39 textbooks published after 1967 in the following categories: United States history, civics and government, urban problems and the city, world history and culture, world geography, and area studies. Content criteria used were those recommended by the Task Force Report. Major findings indicated that the ability to analyze economic issues will not be instilled by the materials. An absence of sequential concept development was also found, along with a failure to define basic concepts adequately. Related documents are SO 006 759, SO 006 761, and SO 006 762. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Economics, Economics Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Evaluation Criteria, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, 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)
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Authoring Institution: Joint Council on Economic Education, New York, NY.