ERIC Number: ED473778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Textbooks and the United Nations: The International System and What American Students Learn about It. An Education Report.
Sewall, Gilbert T.
History and government textbooks provide basic sources of information about the United Nations' (UN's) role in international relations, its programs and activities throughout the world, what it stands for, and what it does. The UN embodies a vision of international cooperation that transcends domestic politics and acts as a worldwide foundation of order and human welfare. The American Textbook Council examined the content of 17 of the most widely adopted U.S. history and government textbooks used in junior high and high schools. Five questions were asked about each textbook: (1) What are the essential issues that textbooks should cover? (2) How do the textbooks stack up? (3) What do they include? (4) What do they omit? and (5) What thematic approach do they take, if any, to cover the subject? Variations in the books reviewed are considerable, with coverage of the UN and UN-related subject matter ranging from nonexistent and substandard to sound and even adroit. This publication contains ten sections: (1) "Foreword"; (2) "Preface"; (3) "Executive Summary"; (4) "Introduction"; (5) "Questions and Design"; (6) "Why are Textbooks Significant?"; (7) "Why Is the United Nations and Important Topic?"; (8) Scope of United Nations-related Content"; (9) "What the Textbooks Tell Us"; and (10) "Conclusions and Recommendations." Includes a bibliography of textbooks reviewed. (Contains 38 notes.) (BT)
Descriptors: High Schools, History Textbooks, International Cooperation, International Relations, Junior High Schools, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Association of the United States of America, New York, NY.