ERIC Number: ED168941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-1
An Analysis of Short-Term Learning in Economics: The Case of Participant Performance in a Free Enterprise System Seminar.
This paper examines the effects of a ten-day seminar in economic education for elementary and secondary teachers in Texas. The course consisted of lecture-readings and of reviews and demonstrations of teaching materials in economics. In addition to teacher preparation, specific objectives of the seminar were to increase participants' economic understanding, interest in economics, and sophistication of economic opinions. Pre- and posttests in these areas were administered to the 41 educators who participated in the seminar. Results indicate that greater economic understanding was increased in the areas of the operation of competitive markets, the theory of the firm together with the operation of non-competitive markets, and governmental activity in the economy. Also, participants exhibited a tendency to move away from unsophisticated agreement with popular opinion concerning the economy to sophisticated disagreement. Finally, participants expressed increased interest in the field by ascertaining that the knowledge gained in the seminar was worth the cost. Items and participant responses to two questionnaires, the course outline, and a list of participants are included. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Texas State Univ., Denton. Center for Economic Education.
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