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The New Politics of the Textbook

Critical Analysis in the Core Content Areas

2012 - 368 pages

Heather Hickman (Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, USA) and Brad Porfilio (D'Youville College, West Seneca, USA) (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789460919282 ($ 43.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789460919299 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789460919305

Subject: Education General

Number 2 of the series: Constructing Knowledge: Curriculum Studies in Action

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The New Politics of the Textbook

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.

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