ERIC Number: ED281822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Economics to Young Adolescents: A Research-Based Rationale.
Davis, James E.
This booklet presents a research-based rationale for teaching economics at the middle/junior high school level in the United States. Chapter 1, "Introduction," describes the project in which the rationale was developed and outlines the remainder of the document. Chapter 2, "Elements of a Rationale for Middle School Economic Education," presents some historical background on economic education in the United States. It examines societal forces that may have an impact on economic education and discusses the elements of a rationale. Chapter 3, "The Middle/Junior High School in the United States," looks at various dimensions of this level of schooling. Understanding the nature of the institution being asked to include economics in the curriculum is necessary to building an effective rationale. Chapter 4, "The Experience of the Young Adolescent," summarizes both the cognitive development and socialization literature on 12- to 15-year old learners. Schooling's potential to influence the young adolescent is also examined. Chapter 5, "Economic Experience and Understanding of the Young Adolescent," looks at the 12- to 15-year old as a participant in the economy, both as a labor force participant and as a consumer. The chapter also summarizes the research on the young adolescent's knowledge of economics. Chapter 6, "Middle School Economic Education," presents major recommendations for economic education. The rationale for middle school economics education is set forth and program goals are established. Finally, an economic education blueprint for the 12- to 15-year old learner is offered. Chapter 7 emphasizes conclusions from the research which have implications for economic education at the middle/junior high level. Recommendations are made to the Foundation for Teaching Economics. The recommendation categories are: collaborative relationships, the middle/junior high schools, curriculum materials development, and research. The documents also includes a list of references. (APG)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Teaching Economics, San Francisco, CA.