ERIC Number: ED231719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
The Treatment of Limits-to-Growth Issues in U.S. High School Textbooks: Report of a Research Project Conducted for Hudson Institute's "Visions of the Future" Program. Final Report.
Sixty-three basal high school textbooks from 18 publishers were reviewed to determine their treatment of population growth, resources, environmental problems, economic development, and "package" handling of these limits-to-growth (LTG) topics. The textbooks included 21 U.S. histories, 9 economics texts, 5 civics texts, and approximately (there is overlap between the categories) 15 geographies and 13 world histories. The key criteria employed in the review were objectivity and adequacy. Adequacy is defined as the quality of what is offered (e.g., Are there factual errors? Are materials outdated?). General impressions are discussed and detailed findings are presented for each topic. Regarding adequacy, most of the texts contain misinformation and sloppy writing. For example, although 52 of the textbooks reviewed have 1980's publication dates, none alludes to the fact that the world's population rate has declined. Most texts were also found to have a lack of objectivity that was associated with a sense of urgency to change students' attitudes and behavior. Of the 63 texts, 4 made no reference to any LTG topic. The most commonly treated topics were energy (in 48 texts), environmental problems (in 46), and population (in 42). Only the energy crisis is treated in a balanced, informative way by a significant number of textbooks. (RM)
Descriptors: Civics, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Economic Development, Economics Education, Energy, Environmental Education, Food, Futures (of Society), Geography Instruction, Global Approach, High Schools, History Textbooks, Pollution, Population Education, Population Growth, Population Trends, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Research, United States History, World History, World Problems
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson Inst., Croton-on-Hudson, NY.