ERIC Number: ED451022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating American Indian Textbooks & Other Materials for the Classroom.
McCluskey, Murton L.
This guide contains information and suggestions to help teachers review and evaluate textbooks and other materials for stereotypes, inaccuracies, omissions, and bias about American Indians and other Native Americans. Guidelines are presented to raise the awareness of educators and publishers about Native heritage, culture, and contemporary issues. The guidelines focus on content, illustrations, and language and may be applied to all grade levels. The textbook is a universal medium and one of the main instruments for molding the knowledge and attitudes of young people. Guidelines for textbook content consider the following: awareness of the Native perspective; attention to American Indian history before Columbus; focus on diverse Native social, political, economic, and cultural activities; contemporary as well as historic American Indian contributions; integration of information about American Indians throughout the textbook; avoidance of value judgments about differences; portrayal of the diversity of Native Americans; positive portrayals of Native women; information about both historical and contemporary Indian heroes and heroines; and attention to controversial and contemporary issues. Ten guidelines for textbook illustrations focus on avoidance of stereotypes, accuracy, and modern portrayals. Other elements and sections of the textbook are briefly considered, and examples of stereotypical language and misconceptions about American Indians are discussed. Also included are questions to ask when evaluating books and other materials, evaluation forms, a bibliography with 64 entries, and 10 information contacts for Montana tribes. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Office of Public Instruction, Helena.