Date of Graduation
College of Education and Human Services
Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies
This dissertation examines the treatment of primary sources in three of the most widely adopted secondary U.S. History textbooks. Specifically examined were the types of primary sources, location of corresponding questions, classification of corresponding questions according by the Depth of Knowledge and the Library of Congress steps in examining primary sources, and presence of answers in the narrative. An instrument was created to assure transparency in assessing the textbooks. The results were examined through the interpretative frame works of historians and the various perspectives within the social studies. All texts incorporated many primary sources but varied greatly in their presentations of the documents. Recommendations for changes were made for each of the stakeholders with interests in publishing and using textbooks.
Rodeheaver, Misty D., "An analysis of U.S. history textbooks: The treatment of primary sources" (2009). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 4521.