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ERIC Number: ED132130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 31
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A Procedure for Textbook Evaluation Illustrated by an Analysis of Fifth-Grade Social Studies Texts.
Breiter, Joan; Menne, Jack
This study focuses on two tasks: (1) the development of a general procedure for evaluation of social studies textbooks which could be adapted to any locale, which could be used at any grade level, and which might be applied to other subject areas, and (2) to illustrate the suggested procedure at the fifth-grade level. The procedure involves the following steps: (1) determining the topics present in all current texts at the level desired; (2) constructing an instrument listing the topics; (3) allowing affected teachers to rate the topics as to importance and relevance; (4) analyzing the results and constructing an instrument containing only the highly rated topics; (5) having affected teachers rate the texts remaining after those whose copyright date, cost, or lack of content in the areas rated as important and relevant have been eliminated. After analysis of the fifth step, each book or series can be ranked. A top text or series closely fitting the local philosophy and curriculum can thus be selected. If multi-texts are to be used in the classroom, two or more of the top texts or series may be chosen. The study discusses the procedure and its illustration, also noting related factors, and describes accompanying findings. Rating scales, topic lists, and analysis worksheets are included as appendixes. (MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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