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ERIC Number: EJ839986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
US World Geography Textbooks: Their Role in Education Reform
Bednarz, Sarah W.
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v13 n3 p223-238 Aug 2004
Textbooks play a central role in the US education system. High school level World Geography textbooks are an important tool in the campaign to reform geography education in the United States, particularly through the introduction of the National Geography Standards. The status of the Standards in US schools is appraised. Five factors (authority, power, prescriptiveness, consistency, and internal issues) influence the adoption of education reform efforts like the Standards. These factors can be used to assess implementation. The textbook selection process is described and previous research in tracking implementation of the Standards in geography textbooks is presented. A preliminary analysis of four high school World Geography textbooks is conducted to measure change over time. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States