ERIC Number: ED188719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Two-Year Colleges: Economics.
Economics education is examined as revealed by a study of science education at two-year colleges that involved a review of the literature, an analysis of the catalogs and class schedules of 175 representative institutions, and a survey of 69 economics instructors. Each of the three parts of the report reviews pertinent literature, reports study methodology and findings, and discusses trends and implications. Part I outlines trends in economics curricula and analyzes study findings as they relate to course offerings in six disciplinary areas: introductory courses, principles of economics courses, business related, technology related, American Economics, and special topics. Also considered are prerequisites, the distribution of courses by college governance and size, and the level of economics literacy experienced at two-year colleges. Part II notes the rapid growth of the number of students taking their introductory economics course at two-year colleges, discusses the lack of published literature dealing with economics instruction at these institutions, and presents survey findings illustrating enrollment and completion rates, the various instructional modes and materials used, and the grading practices that are most often employed. Part III discusses economics faculty, their status, and the assistance available to them. Summary conclusions and recommendations, a bibliography, and the questionnaire are included. (JP)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Course Content, Courses, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Economics Education, Enrollment, Grading, Instructional Materials, Literature Reviews, Questionnaires, Student Attrition, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.