Graduate Program

Curriculum and Instruction

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Thesis Director

John Bickford

Thesis Committee Member

Ann Brownson

Thesis Committee Member

Kathryn Havercroft


Amelia Earhart can be used in the classroom not only to interest students but can also be used to cover Common Core State Standards (CCSS), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) framework, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). When teaching Amelia Earhart, textbooks, trade books, and primary sources can be used, however one must be careful with the misrepresentations each resource can portray. To look at what is misrepresented, omitted, and included within primary and intermediate grade level trade books, 32 books were scrutinized. The trade books being analyzed were found to have some historically representative and misrepresentative elements that can affect what students learn about Amelia Earhart. Findings inform both future research and the guidance that is offered to teachers.