The New Politics of the Textbook

The New Politics of the Textbook

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In an era when corporate and political leaders are using their power to control every aspect of the schooling process in North America, there has been surprisingly little research on the impact of textbook content on students. The contributors of this volume and its partner (The New Politics of the Textbook: Problematizing the Portrayal of Marginalized Groups in Textbooks) guide educators, school administrators, academics, and other concerned citizens to unpack the political, social, and cultural influences inherent in the textbooks of core content areas such as math, science, English, and social science. They urge readers to reconsider the role textbooks play in the creation of students' political, social, and moral development and in perpetuating asymmetrical social and economic relationships, where social actors are bestowed unearned privileges and entitlements based upon their race, gender, sexuality, class, religion and linguistic background. Finally, they suggest ways to resist the hegemony of those texts through critical analyses, critical questioning, and critical pedagogies.She noted that recycling images and content may be a product of a textbook industry geared to focus on quantity rather than ... For example, Addison Wesleya#39;s Conceptual Physical Science textbook did not depict any Black students and CPOa#39;sanbsp;...

Title:The New Politics of the Textbook
Author:Heather Hickman, Brad J. Porfilio
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-10-13


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