Post: Please complete this short survey on text book Bias
Posted by jane on 2/04/03
I am a Master's student and need to complete this survey
your responses are appreciated as soon as possible.
please send responses to [email protected]
1. What are the title, publisher and publication date of
the social studies textbook(s) you currently use?
2. Does your social studies textbook contain generally
accurate information--that is, have you found any incorrect
dates or facts? Have you found outdated information?
3. In general, do you think that information about
different groups or cultures is evenly portrayed compared
to the majority culture? Is it accurately portrayed?
4. Are minority groupsí contributions/involvement depicted
in the recounting of battles (for example, African-
Americansí contributions in the Civil War, Japanese-
Americansí contributions in World War II)?
5. Are various groupsí contributions/involvement in
pivotal historical events depicted in the textbook (for
example, Caucasian-Americansí contributions in the Civil
Rights movement, minority groupsí contributions in the
Depression eraís New Deal)?
6. Are any pivotal historical events depicted as involving
primarily minority groups? What are those events?
7. In your opinion, does the textbook contain any
misrepresentations--that is, making an event or person seem
more or less important than it was in actuality?
8. In your opinion, could the text more accurately reflect
historical events/people using different points of view
(for example, the Soviet Unionís view of the Space Race,
the European view of World War II and the accompanying
9. Would students benefit from a more multicultural
vantage point (for example, including womenís roles in
history and Native Americansí feelings toward Europeans)?
10. Is there any person or event that you would like to
see included in the textbook that is not included? Is
there anything that you would like to see omitted? What
are those things?
11. In an effort to develop new textbooks that address
national standards, debate has sparked over what should be
included in the new text. Do you see a problem in a
textbook that would address national standards, yet fail to
mention historical facts such as Paul Revereís ride or the
inventions of the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison?
12. In your opinion, are publishers concerned with selling
their textbooks to such an extent that they fail to cover
important historical events?
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