ERIC Number: ED216946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
A Study of State Mandates and Competencies for Economics Education.
Brennan, Dennis C.; Banaszak, Ronald A.
The purpose of this project was to conduct a complete survey of the various states to determine the existence and content of state mandates and competency statements as they relate to economic literacy. The data collection procedure involved surveying the 50 state departments of education to determine the existence of mandates and/or competency statements for economic literacy. The survey was based on the following definition of mandate: any legislative or state board of education ruling requiring the teaching of economics in the curriculum. Mandates were classified as emphasizing either economic education, consumer education, or the free enterprise system. Data collection spanned the period November 1980 to June 1981. Results are presented primarily in table form, including (1) a state-by-state summary of the status of mandates, competencies, and pertinent comments; and (2) a frequency list of economic concepts found in 13 selected state frameworks, competency statements, and courses of study. A 16-point summary of findings reveals that 24 states have a mandate requiring economic instruction of some kind; mandates tend to result from cooperative efforts of the business community, state boards of education, and state legislatures; and mandates are most common in southern states and least prevalent in the northeast and midwest. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Core Curriculum, Data Analysis, Economics Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Minimum Competencies, Public Education, State Boards of Education, State Surveys, Tables (Data)
Center for the Development of Economics Education, University of the Pacific, Colliver Hall, Room 202, Stockton, CA 95211 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. Center for the Development of Economics Education.