ERIC Number: ED238753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Wide World of Economics: A Sixth Grade Study of the Economic Forces at Work Around the World.
A yearlong social studies course which actively involved sixth graders in learning about economics is described. The plan of study was developed jointly by teacher and students. As they used the textbook "Regions of the World" by Lawrence Senesh, the students selected topics that lend themselves to applying economics. Each of these topics was introduced by taking a field trip or engaging in a meaningful school or classroom activity. The economic ideas introduced had some significant meaning to students in the local setting before those ideas were applied to some other part of the world. The learning experiences consisted of a variety of activities, including interviewing local people, taking field trips, having resource speakers in the classroom, and using a wide variety of resource materials. The course description is organized around the areas or topics studied: where people live, interdependence and trade around the world, different economic systems, black gold and its impact on the economy of the world, and bringing the world together through modern technology. As a culminating activity the students wrote economic booklets. Evaluations showed that the course was very successful. (RM)
Descriptors: Awards, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Cultural Awareness, Economics Education, Global Approach, Grade 6, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, International Trade, Learning Activities, Relevance (Education), Social Studies, Student Developed Materials, Student Participation, Student Projects, Teacher Developed Materials, Technological Advancement
National Depository for Economic Education Awards, Milner 184, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Fort Smith School District, AR.
Note: Paper prepared at Woods Elementary School for the International Paper Company Foundation's 19th Annual National Awards Program for the Teaching of Economics (1980-1981).