Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1960

Full Length Research Paper

Analysis of the approach of paleontology in geography textbooks in Ituiutaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Emerson J. F. ALVES1*, Gerusa G. MOURA2 and Carlos R. dos A. CANDEIRO2
  1University State of Campinas, Institute of Geosciences. R. John Pandiá Calógeras, 51, University City Campinas, SP – Brazil. 2University Federal of Uberlândia, Faculty of Integrated Pontal. Twenty Street, 1600, Tupa, 38304402- Ituiutaba, MG – Brazil
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 May 2013
  •  Published: 23 September 2013



The textbook is currently one of the driving instruments of teaching and learning. In the analysis of the contents of paleontology in geography textbooks, these books are important because they reveal problems embedded in these works and allow a more informed choice of books for the approach. In this work we performed an analysis of the approach of the contents of paleontology in textbooks of geography, from the perspective of knowing the reality of the current placement of this theme in the books and provided information on the textbooks about the paleontological theme. Five textbooks for geography fundamental schools were chosen, where the basic themes of Paleontology were analyzed. Works examined, four have good approach, including detailed descriptions of the main themes of paleontology. Thus, conceptual definitions were found and described superficially; moreover, new concepts and approaches of scientific knowledge have rarely been incorporated in these teaching materials. We also emphasize the need to consult the recent books of paleontology for the upgrade of the works analyzed, and a better integration of paleontological concepts with other geological interrelated themes. Additionally, improvements in explanations of complex topics are suggested.


Key words: Education based on the textbooks, learning dynamics in paleontology, teaching and students’ learning