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ERIC Number: EJ988435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0885-985X
Folk Dress, Fiestas, and Festivals: How Is Mexico Portrayed in U.S. Primary Grade Social Studies Textbooks?
Field, Sherry L.; Bauml, Michelle; Wilhelm, Ron W.; Jenkins, Joelle
Journal of Social Studies Research, v36 n1 p22-46 Win 2012
This qualitative content analysis was conducted to determine how Mexico and Mexican people are portrayed in contemporary U.S. elementary social studies textbooks. Three textbooks from each of three major publishers were analyzed. Findings are presented in five sections: images and photographs, holidays, Mexican people and heroes, contested history, and portrayals of Mexican-U.S. relations. The authors identified three major themes across the textbooks including heavy emphasis on holidays and traditional folk costumes, a dearth of notable Mexican figures, and overall superficial coverage of Mexico and its people. Recommendations are provided for elementary textbook revisions that would more suitably foster cross-cultural understanding between U.S. children and their southern neighbors.
International Society for the Social Studies. University of Central Florida College of Education, Suite 123M P.O. Box 161250, Orlando, FL 32816. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States