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ERIC Number: EJ795620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Health Education Textbook Adoption in Texas: A Lesson in Politics and Morality
Wiley, David; Barr, Elissa
American Journal of Health Education, v38 n5 p295-300 Sep-Oct 2007
Textbooks are often a core element of curricula and delivery of classroom instruction and have long been a source of controversy. The textbook adoption process has become less about content and more about political/cultural pressure. Special-interest groups from the right and left exert enormous influence on textbook content through bias and "sensitivity" guidelines and "review" processes. Textbooks are now often judged not by their style, content, or effectiveness, but by the way they live up to such guidelines. Texas is the second largest textbook market in the country, behind only California. This paper examines the controversies behind, and the lessons to be learned from, the textbook adoption process in Texas. Recent history has demonstrated that health textbook content decisions are often not based in science or pedagogical best practices. Health educators must be proactive in recognizing this trend and work at the state and local levels to ensure that students have access to scientifically accurate, age-appropriate information that can help prepare them for life in the twenty-first century. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills