Evaluation Checklist

Evaluation Checklist

Print out and use this checklist to evaluate K-12 books on Africa.

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Does the text use the names of specific African countries where appropriate?
Present problems such as hunger, poverty, disease, and war in global contexts?
Highlight African perspectives and solutions to problems.

Avoid overemphasizing western solutions and western celebrities?

Avoid perpetuating stereotypes of Africans as hungry, poor,
unhealthy, and the continent as consumed with war, political strife or corruption?
Avoid offensive, inaccurate or biased terms?

Offensive and Inaccurate terms: native, tribe, hut, jungle, witch doctor,
dialect, primitive, warlike, fetish, uncivilized, pagan


Western bias: developing, under-developed, civilized, emerging,
backward, non-white, non-Western, Black African, communist

Avoid stereotypical art activities such as building “huts” or making generic “African” masks?
Include North Africa countries when discussing Africa?
Emphasize typical social groups and activities with which Western
children can relate?
Avoid highlighting exotic practices and small minority groups such as the Maasai?
Focus on animals that most Africans commonly see (domestic animals
and small game).
Avoid safari and big game themes?
Avoid depicting Africans leaders as the sole agents of change?
Discuss leaders within historical, political, economic, and social contexts?
Strike a balance between information on men and women?
Discuss the problems women have faced in historical and global contexts?