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Title: WWW and Multicultural Democracy: Evaluating U.S. History Websites
Authors: Robinson, Cecil
McKnight, Douglas
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Robinson, C. & McKnight, D. (2006). WWW and Multicultural Democracy: Evaluating U.S. History Websites. In Barab, S. A., Hay, K. E., & Hickey, D. T. (Eds.), The International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Indiana University 2006. Proceedings of ICLS 2006, Volume 2 (pp. 592-598). Bloomington, Indiana, USA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Claims about the potential of the Internet within social studies and democratic education have been somewhat silent on issues of diversity. To address this problem, this study employed tenets of liberal and multicultural democratic theory, developed an evaluative coding scheme, and examined content of websites that preservice teachers (N = 20) selected as resources for U.S. History unit plans. Results indicate selected websites housed a large amount of redundant non-diverse information. Website content was available in local media resources, consisted of textbook accounts, and focused on traditional historical topics; only one of ten websites was diverse. A four-cluster model provides further support for a discussion about the Internet, as currently used and framed, leading to less diversity of ideas and voices within the classroom, anathema to the stated democratic purposes of the social studies.
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