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ERIC Number: ED261928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-2
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Evaluation of a Miniature Economic and Political System for Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School.
Bennett, Stan
Described is the development and evaluation of the Micro-Place Social Studies Curriculum, an instructional system for teaching economics and law concepts at the fifth grade level. The curriculum is based on a miniature market economy that requires students to provide food, clothing, and shelter cards for simulated families. Students own businesses that offer these items or apply for a job as an employee. Governmental officials are elected, including a school board, council, mayor, and judges. Two criterion-referenced tests were used to determine the effectiveness of the curriculum. Performance on these tests was compared for ten classes of fifth-grade students participating in the Micro-Place curriculum and nine comparable classes receiving traditional social studies instruction. Students participating in the Micro-Place curriculum achieved significantly higher post-test scores than did those in control classrooms. Pre-test scores, IQ, previous achievement, and involvement in the Micro-Place curriculum were all significant predictors of post-test scores. Sex was not a significant factor. Students indicated a high level of satisfaction with the new curriculum. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A