ERIC Number: ED046850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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The Economic Opinions of Business Education and Social Studies Students.
The effects of economics courses on student opinions toward controversial economic issues cannot be measured by two widely used instruments, "Test of Economic Understanding" and "Test of Understanding in College Economics," both developed by the Joint Council on Economic Education. In response to this need, a workshop of college economists at Carnegie-Mellon University developed an experimental "Survey of Opinion on Economic Issues (SOEI)". (Copies are available from the author, Room 637 East Building, New York University, 239 Green Street, New York, New York 10003.) This paper reports results of a study which compared pre- and posttest responses of two groups of education students, one class made up of students preparing to teach social studies, the other secondary business courses. Each group was enrolled in separate economics courses, with different instructors, who also took the SOEI. In addition to differences between the two groups, also reported are differences within the groups before and after their courses. A further comparison is made between the groups and a heterogeneous sample of students from a midwestern college. Most of the paper is devoted to speculation about the interpretation of responses. Since the SOEI is experimental, the author is seeking reports by other educators who have used the test. (DJB)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.