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ERIC Number: ED434865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 42
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The Depiction of Native Americans in Recent (1991-1998) Secondary American History Textbooks.
Sanchez, Antonio R.
As a follow-up to studies by R. Costo and J. Henry (1970) and J. Loewen (1995), this study examined 12 current secondary level U.S. history textbooks to evaluate their accuracy in depicting Native Americans. The criteria embodied an authenticity guideline based upon the "Five Great Values" (generosity and sharing, respect for elders and women, getting along with nature, individual freedom and leadership, and courage) with a rating scale between one (lowest) and five (highest). Results indicated that only three of the textbooks rated above average. Though generally textbooks have improved in terms of quantity of cultural information, better treatments must be pursued that reflect more accurate and comprehensive accounts. The challenge lies in assisting educators' acquisition of knowledge and familiarity with native cultures as they are depicted in textbooks, an endeavor that will further assist in adopting/utilizing proper textbooks. Contains 2 tables of data, 3 endnotes, 28 references, and the "Native Cultures Authenticity Guideline." (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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