Textbooks in American Society: Politics, Policy, and Pedagogy

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An examination of how textbooks are produced, how they are selected, and what pressures are placed on textbook authors and publishers, focusing on the relationship of the textbook to the educational system and including important issues such as the politics of textbook policy, the determinants of textual content, the role of textbooks in educational reform, and the process of selection at the state level. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791406700
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Philip G. Altbach

Part I: Social and Political Issues

1. Regulating the Text: The Socio-Historical Roots of State Control
Michael W. Apple

2. The Politics of Textbook Policy: Proposing a Framework
Kenneth K. Wong and Tome Loveless

3. The Determinants of Textbook Content
Sherry Keith

4. The New World of Textbooks: Industry Consolidation and Its Consequences
Gilbert T. Sewall and Peter Cannon

5. Constitutional Challenges to Textbooks
Edward J. Larson

Part II: Reform and Improvement

6. Nineteenth Century Policies for Twenty-First Century Practice: The Textbook Reform Dilemma
Harriet Tyson-Berntein and Arthur Woodward

7. California's Experience with Textbook Improvement
Bill Honig

8. State-Level Textbook Selection Reform: Toward the Recognition of Fundamental Control
J. Dan Marshall

9. American Textbook Reform: What Can We Learn From the Soviet Experience?
Howard Mehlinger

Part III: From the Trenches: Publishers and Authors

10. From the Ivory Tower to the Bottom Line: An Editor's Perspective on College Textbook Publishing
Naomi Silverman

11. Textbook Writing and Ideological Management: A Postmodern Approach
Joel Spring

Part IV: Literacy and Reading: Case Studies

12. Basal Reading Textbooks and the Teaching of Literacy
Allan Luke

13. Basal Readers and the Illusion of Legitimacy
Patrick Shannon

Part V: International Perspective

14. The Unchanging Variable: Textbooks in Comparative Perspective
Philip G. Altbach



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