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K-12 Textbooks

Researching K-12 Textbooks

Databases for Textbook Research

ERIC - This database is useful for finding research that discusses textbooks from an educational perspective.  Below is an example of how you might start your search.  Feel free to add additional keywords to the third line to focus the search towards your individual topic...

researching textbooks

 

America: History and Life - This history database can be used to find articles that discuss textbooks and readers from a historical perspective. 

American Periodicals - This database allows you to search the full text of magazines printed between 1741 and 1900. Use this resources to examine historical discussions of textbooks and readers. 

Periodicals Archive Online - This archive indexes articles back to 1770 and can be used to look for historicical discussions about textbooks and readers. 

Google Books - Here you may find discussions and mentions of historic textbooks/readers.  You may also find full text access to textbooks that have been digitized.

Background Literature

Overviews of the history of textbooks in American education, culture and politics.    

Encyclopedia Articles

"Confederate Textbooks" from the Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

"Literacy in the Colonial ERA" from the Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

"Teachers and Textbooks" from American Eras

"Textbooks, Early" from the Dictionary of American History

"Textbooks" from the Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies

"Textbooks" from the Encyclopedia of Education

"Textbooks, History of" from the Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Books

The Politics of the Textbooks

The Textbook as Discourse: Sociocultural Dimensions of American Schoolbooks

Textbooks in American Society: Politics, Policy, and Pedagogy 

Textbooks and Schooling in the United States

And more books about textbooks!

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