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ERIC Number: ED353173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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An Analysis and Critique of Selected Social Studies Textbooks.
Giannangelo, Duane M.; Kaplan, Mary Bene
The purpose of this paper is to evaluate four social studies textbooks recently under consideration for use by the Memphis (Tennessee) City Public Schools. The textbooks, chosen at random, are: "World Geography: A Physical and Cultural Study" (de Blij and others, Scott Foresman, 1989); "A History of the United States" (Boorstin and others); "Economics and Making Decisions" (Kourilsky, West Publishing, 1988); and "Government in America" (Hardy, Houghton Mifflin, 1990). Each of the textbooks was examined critically in five areas: (1) readability level; (2) number of concepts presented and subsequent concept development; (3) development of a problem solving sequence of material assessing cause and effect, testing hypothesis, and drawing conclusions; (4) analysis of the six levels of questions via Bloom's taxonomy of the cognitive domain; and (5) type of evaluation. Overall the study determined that the four textbooks only partially developed the qualities for which they were evaluated. A 21-item bibliography is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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