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ERIC Number: ED102058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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Syllabus for an "Issues Approach" to Teaching Economic Principles.
Leftwich, Richard H.; Sharp, Ansel M.
The Journal of Economic Education, Special Issue 1 Winter 1974
This syllabus for an "issues" approach to an introductory economic principles course evolved out of three years of experimentation at Oklahoma State University. The syllabus covers 11 important social issues: population growth, agriculture, higher education, crime, pollution, health, poverty, discrimination, unemployment, inflation, and the energy crisis. Each issue is treated as follows: (1) points for discussion are presented; (2) these discussion points are followed by a listing of the economic concepts and principles explained and applied in the discussion of the issue; (3) the essential aspects of the issue, the economic analysis of the issue, and what can be done about the issue are recapitulated; and (4) assignments are made from several books which are designed primarily for an issues-oriented principles course. Five schedules in the appendix suggest ways to integrate an "issues" approach into introductory one-semester courses taught with a principles text and a supplementary issues text. An evaluation of the course indicates that an issues approach does not adversely affect economic learning and that students favor the course. This syllabus is the first of several that are being published by the Joint Council on Economic Education to provide alternative approaches to "the" introductory course. (JH)
Descriptors: Agriculture, College Instruction, Current Events, Economics, Economics Education, Energy, Health, Higher Education, Induction, Instructional Innovation, Introductory Courses, Pollution, Population Growth, Poverty, Relevance (Education), Social Problems, Student Interests, Unemployment, World Problems
Joint Council on Economic Education, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Council on Economic Education, New York, NY.