Practical Approaches to Educational Equity

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 769–770. Reviews the books, Stereotypes, Distortions and Omissions in U.S. History Textbooks by Robert B. Moore (1977); and Undoing Sex Stereotypes: Research and Resources for Educators by Marcia Guttentag, Helen Bray, Jane Amsler, Virginia Donovan, Gordon Legge, Wendy Willson Legge, Ronnie Littenberg, and Sandra Stotsky (1976). The authors' purpose was to describe a field survey and intervention program for changing sex stereotyping in children and to explain the results of that program. The project, funded by the Ford Foundation and conducted by Harvard and Radcliffe faculty and students, was aimed at answering two major questions: (1) What can be done to make a classroom nonsexist? and (2) What works in helping students adopt nonstereotyped views? The Council on Interracial Books for Children developed Stereotypes, Distortions and Omissions in U.S. History Textbooks in order to stimulate thought about and engender respect for, the experiences, viewpoints, and aspirations of Third-World people and women throughout our history–and today–by “providing a comprehensive instrument for analyzing the content of U.S. history” textbooks in terms of their treatment of women and third world people. “(PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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