ERIC Number: ED207920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Level of Economic Knowledge of Certain Groups of Teachers.
McTeer, J. Hugh; Murray, Barry W.
This study investigated the knowledge that teachers have of economics. A major purpose was to determine if certain groups of teachers (business education, social studies, elementary, male and female) were competent to teach economics courses. Data for the study were collected from the records of 11 economics workshops conducted from 1966 to 1977 at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. The population was composed of 204 experienced teachers--105 social studies teachers, 44 business education teachers, and 55 elementary teachers. Teachers were selected for participation in the workshops on the basis of their interest in and involvement with economics subject matter. During the first week of each workshop, Form A of the Test of Economic Understanding was administered to measure the level of economic understanding of the teachers. Findings include the following: (1) most teachers do not have enough economic knowledge to effectively teach economics; (2) there is little difference in knowledge of economics between inservice business education teachers and inservice social studies teachers; (3) elementary teachers scored lower on the test than did either of the other groups; and (4) male social studies and business education teachers had more knowledge of economics than females. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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