ERIC Number: ED207166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Politics of Textbook Selection.
The process of determining textbook content and selecting textbooks for classroom use in public schools throughout America is highly political and raises many fundamental questions about the relationship between education as a social enterprise and other aspects of society--economic, ideological, political, and legal. This study focuses on three concerns: the relationship between textbook production, as the production of social knowledge, and the production of textbooks as commodities within a capitalist economy; the ways states are organized to determine and control textbook content and selection for public schools; and the relationship between the educational bureaucracy and the general public, including specific interest groups. A detailed discussion of the textbook publishing industry covers all aspects, from financing and conglomeration to editorial censorship. Selection of instructional materials is discussed in terms of state methods (centralized or decentralized), criteria, the adoption process, and school budgets. The consideration of external pressures on the selection process includes discussion of groups objecting to particular materials, strategies for influencing the use of instructional materials, and the qualities that make some materials objectionable. Appended is an evaluation summary for instructional materials in social science. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Instructional Materials, Politics, Public Schools, Publishing Industry, State School District Relationship, Textbook Content, Textbook Publication, Textbook Selection
Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, CERAS Bldg., Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.