ERIC Number: ED258882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Sponsored Materials. How to Do It in the Social Studies Classroom. Series 4, Number 3.
Haas, Mary E.
Forms that social studies teachers can use to evaluate sponsored materials and guest speakers are provided. Sponsoring organizations prepare instructional materials that they would like to be used as presented. They often argue for the quality of the materials based on the facts that they were prepared by educators; contain objectives, definitions, activity suggestions, and tests; and have been classroom tested. However, when the free sponsored materials are examined, they are often found to contain such critical thinking errors as failure to substantiate assertions with facts, distortion of facts through the use of propaganda techniques, and the misrepresentation of viewpoints. Therefore, sponsored materials and guest speakers need to be carefully evaluated. Two evaluation forms are provided. The first, "Teacher Evaluation of Sponsored Materials," should be used during the selection and lesson planning phase. This form might also be given to an individual or group with objections to the use of a particular set of sponsored materials. The second form, "Guest Speaker Evaluation," is designed to help the teacher and student evaluate a speaker's presentation. (RM)
Descriptors: Bias, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Media Selection, Organizations (Groups), Performance Factors, Propaganda, Social Studies
National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016 (1-9 copies, $2.00 each; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.