The Role of Textbooks in Social Studies Education
In the European schools the teacher was at the center of the learning process; he; lectured, questioned the pupils, and "built up new knowledge in class." In contrast, in the American classroom, "clearly . . . the master is the textbook." The teacher does not really teach but "acts rather as chairman of a meeting, the object of which is to ascertain whether [the students] have studied for themselves in a textbook."
-- Burstall (British educator/U.S. visitor, late nineteenth century)
|Pervasiveness of Texts in the Social Studies|
|Advantages and Disadvantages of Texts|
|For Further Study: The Uses of Textbooks|
Textbooks are in widespread use throughout the educational system at all levels. Often a textbook is more than a bound volume of narrative, including a complete