ERIC Number: ED065366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-28
Reference Count: 0
A New Look at the High School Economics Texts.
Townshend-Zellner, Norman; Carr, Edwin R.
This report builds on the Textbook Report done in 1963 by the American Economic Association (AEA). The "new look" assumes three tasks: 1) to determine whether current texts show improvements; 2) to go beyond minimum type evaluative criteria in the AEA report and develop a standardized economics textbook evaluation procedure; and, 3) to identify innovative developments in acceptable texts. An introductory section of the report discusses the AEA report. A second section views the 12 texts selected for the present analysis on the basis of criteria and evidence comparable to the AEA Report. Individual texts are not identified. The third section considers the rationale for some extended criteria and a standardized evaluation procedure. An exploratory classification and sample set of extended criteria are presented in Section IV. These criteria are then utilized to classify the innovative developments identified in five selected second-generation texts. Some of the concluding observations: 1) high school economics texts as a group have been substantially upgraded; 2) the quality of acceptable texts now runs strongly ahead of the typical teacher's preparation in economics; and, 3) all the acceptable texts shared the common virtue (and implied defect) of being appropriate for the above average, academic strata of students. (Author/JLB)
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Authoring Institution: California State Coll., Fullerton. Center for Economic Education.
Note: Paper presented at Joint Council on Economic Education Session, Annual Meeting, American Economic Association, New York, New York, December 28, 1969