Date of Award
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
As the textbook remains the driving force of instructional methodology in the secondary history curriculum, student enthusiasm and achievement in the discipline continue to decline. Textbooks, which fail to tell the complete story of the American experience, are not just shortchanging history, they are ill-suited to the developmental requirements of the adolescent learner. Through personal classroom experience, literature review, and a one-year site-based study, the evidence compiled in this study endorses the integration of social studies trade books, in particular historical and realistic fiction novels, as a prescription for diminishing, if not turning around, the discouraging trend in middle school social studies.
Shadle, Susan, "The Benefits of Supplementing the Eighth Grade American History Curriculum with Historical and Realistic Fiction Novels" (2001). MALS Final Projects, 1995-2019. 17.