ERIC Number: ED127232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
Asia in American Textbooks.
ASIA Society, New York, NY.
This report summarizes the results of an intensive survey undertaken by the Asia Society to determine how Asia is depicted in American School textbooks. Over 100 scholars and teachers reviewed 306 social studies texts in use in the 50 states in 1974-75 to discover what is being taught about Asia at each grade level. The textbooks were designated as either contributing to an understanding of Asia or distorting Asian reality. This booklet describes various textbook approaches to Asia: the Asia-centered approach, the Western-centered approach, the inscrutable Asian approach, the case studies approach, and the ethnocentric approach which treats Asian cultural achievement in a negative manner. Specific shortcomings noted in the textbooks include failure to provide Asian sources, specific factual errors, sexism, and extreme ethnocentrism. Overall ratings and qualifications of authors and consultants are presented. Also summarized are the Asia Society's own conclusions and recommendations for action as a result of their findings. Appendices include references, textbook evaluation guidelines, and a list of the readers. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Asian History, Asian Studies, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnocentrism, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Information Needs, Language Styles, National Surveys, Negative Attitudes, Rating Scales, Sex Discrimination, Social Studies, Stereotypes, Textbook Bias, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: ASIA Society, New York, NY.
Note: For the full report, see ED 124 439