ERIC Number: ED048020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Research in Elementary School Economics.
Sulkin, Howard A., Ed.; Friedman, Chana R., Ed.
This paper is a summary of the recent research on the Elementary School Economics (ESE) programs. The curricula were initiated by the Center in 1960 as a part of an experimental research project designed to answer the following: 1) can elementary school students comprehend, utilize, and retain basic economic concepts; and, 2) can a program in economics be related to the overall elementary school social studies curricula? Katherine E. Chapman reviews the history of the ESE programs, the educational philosophy and objectives upon which the curricula are based, and describes a sixth grade curriculum. Next is an abstract of a study by Howard A. Sulkin and Robert W. Pranis on the retention and transfer of the concepts taught in the programs over time. An abstract of Sharon Isaacson Ritt's master's thesis states that this was an experimental study to assess the capacity of fourth and fifth grade children to understand certain economic concepts. The purpose of James R. Showkeir's doctoral dissertation was to determine whether a course in economics for fourth and fifth grades had any influence on the understanding of economic concepts of these pupils in sixth grade. Another abstracted study by Sulkin and Pranis assessed the effectiveness of the programs on children of lower socioeconomic status. (SBE)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Economics Education, Elementary Education, Program Effectiveness, Research Reviews (Publications), Social Studies
Publications Manager, Industrial Relations Center, University of Chicago, 1225 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637 ($1.50, 1 to 10 copies)
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Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Industrial Relations Center.