ERIC Number: ED407353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Geography Textbook Assessment for Middle and High School Educators.
Martin, Curtis M.
This geography textbook assessment is a tool and a guide for teachers and curriculum administrators who are responsible for adopting classroom geography materials. The assessment's goal is to help teachers identify the geography textbooks that are most compatible with the content goals of the geography education reform movement as stated in "The Guidelines for Geographic Education" (Joint Committee on Geographic Education 1984); "Geography Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress" (National Assessment Governing Board, U.S. Department of Education 1991); and "Geography for Life: National Geography Standards" (National Geography Standards Project 1994). Eleven textbooks for this project, including six high school, one middle school, and two special education textbooks, as well as two other non-traditional curriculum materials adaptable for classroom use, were evaluated and reviewed by a committee through the use of standardized evaluation criteria and a scoring rubric to achieve this objective assessment. The assessments were conducted using the student edition of each textbook. Supplemental ancillary materials, available for only some of the textbooks, were not considered. The 11 textbooks assessed were: "Geography, People and Places in a Changing World" (English); "Global Geography" (Finkelstein, Flanagan, Lunger); "World Cultures: A Global Mosaic" (Ahmad, Brodsky, Crofts, Ellis); "World Geography" (Boehm); "World Geography, A Global Perspective" (Baerwald, Fraser); "World Geography Today" (Helgren, Sager); "Geography, The World and Its People" (Boehm, Armstrong, Hunkins); "Fearon's United States Geography" (Lefkowitz); "Fearon's World Geography and Cultures" (Kelly); "Activities and Readings in the Geography of the United States (ARGUS)" (Gersmehl); and "Britannica Global Geography System (BGGS)" (Hill, Dunn, Klein). Contains 21 references. (CB)
Descriptors: Fundamental Concepts, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Geography Instruction, High Schools, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Middle Schools, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection, Textbook Standards
Geographic Education National Implementation Project, 1710 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Geographic Education National Implementation Project, Washington, DC.