ERIC Number: ED257761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
In Search of Mutual Understanding: A Final Report of the Netherlands/United States Textbook Study.
Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.; Information and Documentation Centre for the Geography of the Netherlands, Utrecht.; National Inst. for Curriculum Development (SLO), Enschede (Netherlands).
This is a report of the Netherlands/United States Textbook Study Project, the goal of which is to improve each nation's textbooks, especially in regard to the treatment of Netherlands in U.S. textbooks, the treatment of the United States in Netherlands' textbooks, and the treatment of relations between the two countries in each nation's textbooks. Panelists from both countries reviewed 47 Netherlands and 28 United States textbooks widely used in history, geography, and other secondary social studies courses. This summary report provides background information, a list of findings, and a series of recommendations for improving each country's textbooks. General findings are that: (1) wherever the Netherlands is dealt with in American history textbooks, it receives largely unbiased treatment, although there are a number of errors in the texts and maps; and in all the textbooks examined, (2) Dutch history receives insufficient attention, (3) the importance of England in Dutch history is overestimated, (4) the notion that the United States is the heir to the English democratic tradition is deeply rooted, and (5) in the cultural, political, military, and economic fields, the Dutch participation in Atlantic relations after 1945 is underexposed. Recommendations for the improvement of American textbooks have been divided into two categories: texts dealing with American history and texts dealing with world history. An appendix provides information about sponsoring agencies. (LH)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Content Analysis, Geography Instruction, History Instruction, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Textbook Bias, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, World History
Social Studies Development Center, 2805 East Tenth St., Bloomington, IN 47405 ($3.00, plus postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.; Information and Documentation Centre for the Geography of the Netherlands, Utrecht.; National Inst. for Curriculum Development (SLO), Enschede (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United States