World History Textbook Rubric session

Start Date: June 12, 2019
End Date: June 12, 2019
Time Detail: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: 4130 WW Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Type of Course: Face-to-Face Seminars and Workshops
Course Description: Led by a team of NCTA alums. We have embarked on developing a tool to evaluate the quality of textbooks. At first, we were thinking about the way in which East Asia was treated in World History textbooks, but then we looked more broadly at World History textbooks as a whole. Of course, this became a very challenging endeavor, in that we found even defining "quality" was subjective. At this point, we have developed a draft of a rubric which we believe produces two things. First, it produces a subjective score that is based on operationalized definitions; though this was not, admittedly, scientifically tested. Second, it produces a process and experience from which teachers can discuss and compare their scores. Ultimately, it is the discussion that is most valuable. To that end, we are seeking teachers who are interested in the comparative value of different textbooks based on four categories: Legitimacy, Structure, Perspective, and Agency. We hope to workshop this rubric and engage in discussion about its value and possible changes that would make it more useful in its application. (Participating teachers will receive dinner, free parking, the new Key Issues in Asian Studies book, and a $50 stipend.
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Offered to: Pennsylvania