ERIC Number: ED255405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Economic Literacy of Louisiana College Students.
Fishbaugh, Charles P.
The Test of Understanding in College Economics (TUCE) was delivered to a random sample of college students enrolled in 15 private and public institutions in Louisiana. The students took form A of the TUCE test before taking their first college course in economics and Form B of TUCE upon completing the course. Results showed that before taking a college-level course in economics, students in Louisiana are no better prepared than most of their peers in the nation. After taking the introductory college economics course, however, the study's results indicated that Louisiana's college students are ill-prepared to cope with the decisions required of citizens in a participatory, fragile, market-oriented democracy. Two possible explanations offered for the poor posttest results are that (1) since the test was not used by the professor as part of the course grade, students treated the test in a cavalier manner, and (2) the posttest did not test the content of the course itself. The names of institutions and individuals cooperating with the research study are provided in the appendices. Also included are tables describing research results. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Economics Association (Houston, TX, March 19, 1983). Tables contain small print that may not reproduce clearly.