Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study

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    • Publication Information:
      Oxford University Press, 2011.
    • Publication Date:
      2011
    • Abstract:
      A striking feature of modern societies is the extent to which individual persons are culturally validated as equal and empowered actors. The expansion of a wide range of rights in recent decades, given prominence in current discussions of world society, supports an expanded conception of the individual. We examine the extent to which broad global changes promoting human empowerment are associated with expanded ideas of the status and capacities of students. We hypothesize that there are substantial increases in student-centered educational foci in countries around the world. First, the rights of students as children are directly asserted. Second, an emphasis on empowered human agency supports forms of socialization that promote active participation as well as the capacities and interests of the student. Examining a unique dataset of 533 secondary school social science textbooks from 74 countries published over the past 40 years, we find that textbooks have indeed become more student-centered, and that this shift is associated with the rising status of individuals and children in global human rights treaties and organizations. Student-centered texts are more common in countries with greater individualism embodied in political and socio-economic institutions and ideologies, and with more links to world society. The study contributes to both political and educational sociology, examining how global changes lead to increased emphasis on empowered individual agency in intended curricula.
    • ISSN:
      00377732
      15347605
    • Rights:
      © 2011 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Accession Number:
      edsjsr.41682666
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      PATRICIA BROMLEY; JOHN W. MEYER; FRANCISCO O. RAMIREZ. Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study. Social Forces, [s. l.], v. 90, n. 2, p. 547, 2011. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41682666&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 27 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Patricia Bromley, John W. Meyer, Francisco O. Ramirez. Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study. Social Forces. 2011;90(2):547. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41682666&custid=s8280428. Accessed January 27, 2020.
    • APA:
      Patricia Bromley, John W. Meyer, & Francisco O. Ramirez. (2011). Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study. Social Forces, 90(2), 547. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41682666&custid=s8280428
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Patricia Bromley, John W. Meyer, and Francisco O. Ramirez. 2011. “Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study.” Social Forces 90 (2): 547. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41682666&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Patricia Bromley, John W. Meyer and Francisco O. Ramirez (2011) ‘Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study’, Social Forces, 90(2), p. 547. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41682666&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 27 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Patricia Bromley, John W. Meyer & Francisco O. Ramirez 2011, ‘Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study’, Social Forces, vol. 90, no. 2, p. 547, viewed 27 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Patricia Bromley, et al. “Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study.” Social Forces, vol. 90, no. 2, 2011, p. 547. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41682666&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Patricia Bromley, John W. Meyer, and Francisco O. Ramirez. “Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study.” Social Forces 90, no. 2 (2011): 547. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41682666&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Patricia Bromley, John W. Meyer, Francisco O. Ramirez. Student-Centeredness in Social Science Textbooks, 1970-2008: A Cross-National Study. Social Forces [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2020 Jan 27];90(2):547. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41682666&custid=s8280428