ERIC Number: ED127211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Simulation: The Mini-Society Approach to Instruction in Economics and Other Social Sciences.
Kourilsky, Marilyn L.
This publication presents a set of successfully field-tested teaching procedures for helping children in grades 3-6 generate a working economic system in their classroom. The developer believes that children will learn economic concepts through real, as opposed to vicarious, experience by playing active, rather than passive, roles in learning situations and by participating in the decisions whose consequences they will share. It is suggested that teachers spend two or three hours per week on activities of the mini-economy. The system is initiated by a scarcity situation that is activated by the teacher, such as "not enough colorful plastic puzzles to go around." The children meet in a group and discuss ways to determine who can play with the scarce, high interest activity. They develop standards of conduct and activities for which they are paid in the currency of the mini-economy. The currency is used to bid for the plastic puzzles or other scarce items. As the system proceeds, children begin to buy and sell goods and services such as pencils, erasers, posters, and their time. They rent space in the classroom to conduct business, and they hold weekly auctions and develop financial institutions and other businesses in response to consumer demand. The businesses include banks, loan companies, insurance companies, and consulting firms. The appendices, which comprise about half of the publication, contain the pilot test that was used and its results. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Concept Teaching, Decision Making Skills, Economics Education, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Fundamental Concepts, Intermediate Grades, Models, Monetary Systems, Money Management, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models
MEDIA/WEST, P.O. Box 92999, Los Angeles, California 90009 (order no. ER-105, $5.95 paper cover)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Resource Associates, Los Angeles, CA.