ERIC Number: ED086588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Economics in Social Studies Textbooks. An Evaluation of the Economics and the Teaching Strategies in Eleventh and Twelfth Grade U.S. and World History Textbooks.
O'Neill, James B.
The report is an evaluation of the economic content and teaching strategies in United States and world history textbooks that are used in grades 11 and 12. The study, conducted by the Center for Economic Education, University of Delaware, 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 on social science curriculum specialists, an economist, and an economic education specialist selected and analyzed a representative sample of widely used United States and world history texts published after 1967. Content criteria used were those recommended by the Task Force report. Major findings indicate that although stimulating exercises with greater student involvement are replacing the passive narratives of the past, the economic content tends to lack analytical structure. The coverage of economics was found to be superficial and confusing. Related documents are SO 006 759, SO 006 760, and SO 006 761. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Economics, Economics Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Evaluation Criteria, Grade 11, Grade 12, 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 paper)
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Authoring Institution: Joint Council on Economic Education, New York, NY.