ERIC Number: ED252482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Finishing the Job: The Questionable Prospects for High School Economics.
The position of economics in the Oklahoma high school curriculum is a precarious one. Many of the assumptions that university economists hold about economics education in high schools are wrong. Economics, where it does exist in the high school curriculum, means not only scientific, policy-relevant economics, but also consumer education and career education. Including university economists in teacher education has proved more difficult than anticipated and there are difficulties in deciding how to teach such courses. Two conditions explain the state of economics education in Oklahoma. First, the subject requires teachers with strong economics backgrounds, a requirement which few teachers can meet. Second, high school history and social science courses are often dumping grounds for coaches who know full well that teaching quality is not a criterion for success. Despite the overall situation, however, there are promising programs such as the "Strategies Guide for High School Economics Courses" and the Junior Achievement organization's text for grades 11 and 12, "Applied Economics." (IS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Junior Achievement; Oklahoma
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Economic Association Conference (Fort Worth, TX, March 1984).