ERIC Number: ED257694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Improving the Teaching of Contemporary Europe: A Textbook Study [and] Improving the Teaching of Contemporary Europe: Conference Highlights.
Merryfield, Merry; Hutton, Deborah
Results of a textbook study to determine what U.S. secondary school students are learning about contemporary Europe are presented, and highlights of the "Conference on Improving the Teaching of Contemporary Europe" at which the study was presented are summarized. A sampling of secondary school geography, world history, and U.S. history textbooks was reviewed. Contemporary Europe--defined as post-World War II Western Europe--received scant attention in the textbooks. The world history books devoted less than 5 percent to this period of European history; the U.S. history texts less than 3 percent; and the geography texts from 5 to 12 percent. The conference was organized under three broad themes: (1) current treatment of Western Europe; (2) issues in teaching about contemporary Europe; and (3) resources and challenges in improving the teaching about contemporary Europe. Summaries of presentations on each of these themes and major points offered by participants in reaction to each presentation are provided. The report concludes with a list of major recommendations of participants concerning ways to improve the teaching of European history. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Papers presented at the Conference on Improving the Teaching of Contemporary Europe (Bloomington, IN, October 20-21, 1983), co-sponsored by the West European Center and the Social Studies Development Center and supported in part by the Atlantic Council.