ERIC Number: ED324526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
From the Model T to Theory Z: Teaching Economics in Vocational Education. A VES Briefing Paper.
McElhinney, Kerry; Pershing, James A.
In a tight labor market, the whole educational system must help prepare students for work, and part of that preparation must be economics education. The goal of economics education is to help develop in young people an ability to understand and make reasoned judgments about major economic questions facing society and themselves as members of that society. Economics education creates responsible citizens and effective decision makers. Studies have shown that the basic concepts of economics can be taught in secondary school or even earlier grades. Other factors to be considered in choosing when to teach economics include socioeconomic status and motivation. Three basic strategies for integrating economics instruction in vocational education are academic, vocational, or a combination. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Schools should use all resources at their disposal to teach economics. Resources could include Junior Achievement or other business or civic groups; colleges, universities, or other educational institutions as sources of theoretical expertise; and SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and similar agencies for business expertise. Some ideas that can be used to incorporate economics into vocational education include involving the entire class in making a product or providing a needed service. (14 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Economics, Economics Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Activities, Integrated Curriculum, Student Projects, Vocational Education
Vocational Education Services, Indiana University, 840 State Road 46 Bypass, Room 110, Bloomington, IN 47405.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Commission on Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Vocational Education Services.