ERIC Number: ED253471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Coverage of Major Topics in Economics in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Economists as Gatekeepers.
Over the last 25 years, less attention has been devoted to the role of the economist as teacher or professor than to the role of economist as scholar or researcher. Teachers have been seen as passive recipients of advances in economics research that they simply hand on to their students. Yet teachers perform an important gatekeeping function when they choose which material they will cover and emphasize in their classes and which material they will ignore. In this study 114 economics teachers at 26 colleges and universities in Illinois responded to a survey dealing with topics covered in their classes, sources for course materials, and criteria for choosing materials and topics. While teachers did include almost all of the advances in economics which Deutsch and others (1971) considered important in their evaluation of crucial ideas in social science, as well as some of the contributions from other fields, they also included topics not chosen by Deutsch. Rather than being passive recipients of the products of research, faculty are responsible for assimilating, organizing, and disseminating the contents of the field. By their choices, teachers help determine which ideas will perish and which will survive. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gatekeeper Role; Theory Practice Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Midwest Economic Association Conference (48th, Chicago, IL, April 5-7, 1984).