ERIC Number: EJ779901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
The Depiction of Native Americans in Recent (1991-2004) Secondary American History Textbooks: How Far Have We Come?
Sanchez, Tony R.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v40 n4 p311-320 Oct 2007
This study examined 15 secondary American history textbooks to evaluate their accuracy in depicting Native Americans as a follow-up to studies by Costo and Henry (1970) and Loewen (1995). The criteria embodied an authenticity guideline based upon the Five Great Values with a rating scale between 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest). The results indicate that only three of the textbooks rated above average. Though generally the textbooks have improved in 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 these teachers in adopting and utilizing proper textbooks. (Contains 1 note.) [The following are appended: (1) The Five Great Values Authenticity Guideline; and (2) Textbook Data and Authenticity Ratings.]
Descriptors: United States History, Textbook Content, Textbooks, Familiarity, Rating Scales, Guidelines, American Indians, American Indian History, American Indian Culture, Social Studies, History Instruction, Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: United States