ERIC Number: ED357583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Improving Instruction for Students at Risk: Using History-Social Science Textbooks.
Guerin, Gilbert R.
This manual presents teaching practices that are appropriate when using textbooks to teach history-social science to students with learning disabilities and others at risk for school failure. The approach is to improve the quality of regular text materials and the way text information is presented and processed, rather than reducing reliance on texts or reducing the level of the materials. The scope of the manual's social sciences includes historical, ethical, cultural, geographic, economic, and sociopolitical knowledge and understandings for grades kindergarten through 12. The general observations, suggestions, surveys, and plans are designed to apply to a wide variety of textbooks; examples are drawn from the Houghton Mifflin Social Studies text series (1991). Part I of the manual presents a systematic process for text review, to identify the features of textbooks that are conducive to learning. Part II examines teaching methods and strategies used to achieve effective instruction and learning. It presents three lesson plans, to provide teachers with examples of how plans can be used to improve the effectiveness of instruction with texts. Appendices contain recommendations for publishers and data from a survey of 31 teachers concerning social studies textbooks. (Contains approximately 55 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, History Instruction, History Textbooks, Instructional Improvement, Learning Disabilities, Learning Problems, Secondary School Students, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbooks
California Department of Special Education, 650 Howe Ave., Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 98525 ($10).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education. Sacramento. Office of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: San Jose State Univ., CA. Div. of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.