ERIC Number: ED222437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Our Economy: How It Works. San Diego Results (1981).
Foundation for Teaching Economics, San Francisco, CA.
Five hundred and thirteen ninth grade students in San Diego, California, used the junior high economics textbook "Our Economy: How It Works" (Addison-Wesley, 1980) in a semester-long course and then were evaluated. The text uses case studies about the manufacture of familiar products, financial institutions, and government to make students aware of how our economic system works and their roles as consumers and producers. Pre- and posttests of the students' economic literacy using the Joint Council on Economics Education's standardized test were conducted (a sample of the test is included in this report). The average student could answer correctly only 11 of the 40 questions on the pretest before studying "Our Economy." This average score was lower than the scores of 89% of ninth graders who took the test nationally in 1974. After studying the text, the students' scores improved sharply. The average student was able to answer correctly 28 of the 40 questions in the test. This was higher than the scores of 93% of the ninth grade students who took the test nationally. Also, students and teachers were highly enthusiastic about the book. (RM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Course Evaluation, Economics Education, Junior High Schools, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Textbook Evaluation
Foundation for Teaching Economics, 555 California Street, Suite 4600, San Francisco, CA 94104 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Teaching Economics, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Our Economy How It Works
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