ERIC Number: ED395100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Learning Gap: Consumer Education in Schools.
Hodkinson, Steve; Atherton, Margaret
A study researched the development of consumer education in British schools 5 years after the introduction of the national curriculum. Information was gathered through the following methods: a literature review, questionnaires sent to all local education authorities (LEAs) in England and Wales and all primary and secondary schools in two LEAs in northwest England, and school visits. Findings indicated that the introduction of the national curriculum had not improved provision of consumer education. Factors contributing to the poor progress were as follows: declining LEA support, little LEA inservice training, insufficient staffing in schools, and not enough clear guidance for teachers. The study also found that the national curriculum with its emphasis on cross-curricular themes provided countless opportunities to develop consumer education within national curriculum subjects. The LEA survey found a lack of evidence that secondary schools saw consumer education as permeating the curriculum in the way advocated by the National Curriculum Council. Responses from schools indicated primary school pupils were more likely to have a whole curriculum experience of consumer education than secondary school pupils. School visits showed primary teachers underestimated the amount of consumer education provided and consumer education was not thriving in secondary schools. Contains 29 references and 3 appendixes: consumer education and the cross-curricular themes; consumer education and national curriculum subjects; and 7 school case studies.) (YLB)
Descriptors: British National Curriculum, Consumer Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Integrated Curriculum, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation
National Consumer Council, 20 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0DH, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Consumer Council, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain