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ERIC Number: ED429021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 30
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What U.S. History Textbooks Fail To Tell Students about Religion and Faith.
Romanowski, Michael H.
Current history textbooks include Christianity in their discussion of U.S. history. A study systematically examined the content of secondary U.S. history textbooks to evaluate the portrayal Christianity. The content of 10 of the nation's most widely used secondary U.S. history textbooks was analyzed. All excerpts dealing with Christianity in contemporary U.S. history were initially examined, and passages were then analyzed in search of recurrent themes. After several readings, emergent themes were identified and categories developed. Pertinent excerpts were then coded into appropriate categories. Findings revealed that 9 out of 10 U.S. history textbooks address Christianity. References made about Christianity usually refer to evangelical Christianity which is often linked with the religious right. Regarding most U.S. history textbooks little effort is made to highlight the importance of the relationship among faith, religion, and historical events. For example, textbooks reduce the faith and beliefs of the religious right to political issues such as positions against abortion, drugs, pornography, gun control, and positions in favor of school prayer, free enterprise, and a strong military. In many textbooks Christianity is given shallow treatment, and described as old-fashioned and extreme. Textbooks fail to provide students with any type of in-depth understanding of the basic beliefs of Christianity and religion is not discussed beyond political activism. Contains 30 references and a list of the textbooks surveyed. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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