ERIC Number: ED187621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Master Curriculum Guide in Economics for the Nation's Schools. Part II, Strategies for Teaching Economics: United States History (Secondary).
O'Neill, James B.
This guide contains 13 concept-based lessons in economics for use in secondary U.S. history courses. One component of a two part publication, the guide demonstrates how the conceptual structure of the economics discipline presented in the first publication (ED 148 648) can be used to help students develop basic economic concepts. Each lesson is self-contained. Students read and discuss short readings, analyze tables and maps, write essays, and take part in simulations. Lessons 1 through 3 deal with the Colonial Period. Lesson 1 applies the concept of scarcity of the factors of production to topics such as the hardships faced by the pilgrims and the use of indentured servants. Lesson 2 deals with the concept of opportunity costs. In lesson 3 students study voluntary trade, interdependence, and specialization. Lesson 4, on the Jacksonian Period, requires that students explore the meaning and function of money. In lesson 5 "Westward Expansion" students learn how economic incentives play a central role in explaining human behavior. The concept of comparative advantage is introduced in lesson 6, "Interregional Trade." Late 19th Century labor market conditions are examined in lesson 7. The concepts of competition, the market structure, and economies of scale are explained in lesson 8, "The Growth of the Corporation", and in lesson 9, "Changing Structure of American Industry." Lesson 10 treats government regulations. Lessons 11 and 12 discuss the role of government in the economy before and during the Great Depression. In lesson 13 students examine various forms of government intervention and their effects on the free functioning of market forces. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Colonial History (United States), Concept Teaching, Curriculum Guides, Economic Factors, Economics, Economics Education, Government Role, Industry, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Labor Market, Lesson Plans, Secondary Education, United States History
Joint Council on Economic Education, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036 ($5.00, 10 or more copies, $4.00)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Council on Economic Education, New York, NY.
Note: For a related document, see ED 148 648.