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ERIC Number: ED121650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 29
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Economics in a Modern Social Studies Program.
Dante, Harris L.
The role of economic education in the "new social studies" of the 1970s is discussed. Based on the premise that a sound understanding of economics must be a part of the preparation of anyone who would teach social studies, it follows that 1) good instructional material must be developed; 2) teacher education institutions must improve their instructional programs; 3) collegiate centers for economic education should be developed; 4) social studies teachers must think of themselves as social scientists who are aware of views of specialists in the field; and 5) economic principles should be integrated wherever possible at all grade levels. Economists need to apply economic theory to social problems and cooperate, in spite of ideological differences, to find solutions. Because economics is generally offered in school curriculum as part of a social studies program, it should focus on contemporary issues with a problems or decision-making approach rather than attempt to serve as a complete independent course. In conclusion, economics has an important contribution to make to an interdisciplinary, social issues oriented social studies program of the 1970s, and efforts to strengthen the place of economics in social studies and to improve the teaching of economics must continue. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Books
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