ERIC Number: ED389648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Stereotypes of Latin Americans Perpetuated in Secondary School History Textbooks.
Cruz, Barbara C.
Latino Studies Journal, v1 n1 p51-67 Jan 1994
This study reviewed six history textbooks widely used in grades 7-12 across the U.S. Using a story-line analysis, the findings of this study suggest: (1) textbooks reinforce negative stereotypes of Latin Americans as lazy, passive, irresponsible, and, somewhat paradoxically, lustful, animalistic and violent; (2) the method of description employed was the use of subtle or not-so-subtle adjectives, adverbs and parenthetical comments of derision; and (3) when Latin America and Latin Americans are included in the text, the usual role is through conflict, either the Mexican-American War or the Spanish-American War. The study contends that textbooks can be a useful resource but that a balance of presentation must be maintained. Contains 21 references and a list of 9 textbooks reviewed. (EH)
Descriptors: Content Analysis, History Instruction, Latin Americans, Media Research, Multicultural Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Social Studies, Textbook Bias, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Research, Textbooks
Latino Studies Journal, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University, 521 Holmes Hall, Boston, MA 02116.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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