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ERIC Number: ED187393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Marginal Products of the Survey and Principles of Economics Courses: Empirical Information for Curriculum Decision Making.
Butler, Thomas
In order to determine the most appropriate economics prerequisites for selected courses at Thomas Nelson Community College, a study was conducted during Winter 1980 to compare the relative effectiveness of a one-quarter survey course in economics with a three-quarter principles course. The study involved the pre- and post-testing of students enrolled in Economics 160 (the survey course) and Economics 211 and 213 (the first and last quarters of the principles course) using the Test of Economics Literacy. Test results, based on scores from the 123 students who completed the courses, underwent linear multiple regression to determine the correlation between three dependent variables (post-test scores, absolute improvement in test scores, and gap closed) and five independent variables (age, sex, grade point average, pre-test scores, and course taken). Results indicated that while students in both sections of the principles course received higher scores on both pre- and post-tests than did students in Economics 160, the differences in the scores between Economics 211 and 160 students were not significant. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Principles Courses
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Community College Social Science Association (Baltimore, MD, April 10-12, 1980)