ERIC Number: ED257747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Field Courses in Teaching Economics. Research Papers in Economics Education.
Smith, Paul K.
This study showed that field work in economics is enjoyed by both teachers and students and appears to be a worthwhile aid to motivation. Sixty-eight students, ages 16-18, in England who were studying introductory economics participated in the study. All field work was done in private industry. Students were surveyed before and after the course to collect data on their attitudes toward the field course and to assess whether their perceptions of economics and of industry changed as a result of the experience. Teachers were also surveyed concerning their views on the importance of particular course objectives. The study concluded that field courses probably have little effect on students understanding of economics as measured by conventional examinations. Those attending the field course did not perform significantly better than those not attending. Nevertheless, both teachers and students emphasize the value of testing theories against reality and increasing the relevance of economics education. Certain student attitudes, for example those towards industrial relations, appeared to change. Almost all staff and many students commented on the fact that they had enjoyed the experience and had found it worthwhile. (RM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Comparative Education, Course Evaluation, Economics Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Experiential Learning, Field Studies, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Industry, Introductory Courses, Relevance (Education), Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Teacher Attitudes
Dept. of Economics, Geography and Business Education, University of London Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H OAL (Order No. BB21, 2 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)