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Textbooks and the Curriculum in the Postwar Era: 19501980


by David L. Elliott 1990

During this postwar period, the standard American public school curriculum met its greatest challenge in the federally funded, subject-oriented curriculum projects of the late 1960s and early 1970s. While textbooks reflected but had not yet come to exemplify that curriculum, they too were greatly influenced by these projects. This chapter describes how the challenge to curriculum and textbooks was met by the emergence of nationally marketed, multigrade textbook programs that became the dominant shapers of the curriculum.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 89, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 91 Number 5, 1990, p. 42-55
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18900, Date Accessed: 8/21/2017 1:51:29 PM

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  • David Elliott
    Educational Materials Associates
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    DAVID L. ELLIOTT, codirector for Educational Materials Associates in Berkeley, California, is a former director of the Western Projects Office of the EPIE Institute and a former faculty member of the School of Education of the University of California at Berkeley.
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