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ERIC Number: ED291622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Inviting Teachers and Their Students To Succeed in the "Musty" Science of Economics: Evaluation of Achievement and Attitude Changes.
Lang, Melvin
Forty-seven elementary school teachers, librarians, curriculum specialists, and administrators participated in a research oriented education course that consisted of 15 television programs designed to help elementary school teachers and students analyze and understand economic concepts. Teachers also: (1) viewed programs with students; (2) used a prepared course study guide; (3) evaluated students' work; (4) took the pre- and post-test on the Test of Economic Literacy (TEL); and (5) attended at least one course-related workshop. Fourteen other teachers taught economics but did not participate in this program. They and their students comprised the control group. Students in the experimental group received higher scores on the Basic Education Test (BET) than did students in the control group. Teachers in the experimental group: (1) had higher TEL post-test scores than pre-test results and had post-test scores higher than the TEL test scores of teachers in the control group; (2) developed more positive attitudes toward consumer activities; (3) experienced reduced anxiety toward economics activities; and (4) developed more practical definitions of economics. (JHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).