ERIC Number: ED351612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Consumer Competency: A National Status Report. ERIC Digest No. 1.
Bonner, Patricia A.
Concepts in consumer education can be arranged into a taxonomy of three primary categories: decision making, resource management, and citizen participation. Consumer programs have these goals: (1) producing competent buyers and users of goods and services; (2) producing competent financial managers; (3) producing an understanding of the economy; (4) generating an acceptance of consumer responsibilities and assertion of consumer rights; and (5) helping people examine their values to develop a philosophy enabling them to achieve satisfaction within resources they possess. Surveys of consumer knowledge and skills of students and adults in the United States reveal large gaps. Lack of consumer competency is attributed to several factors, including the following: consumer education is not uniformly available; teachers are not prepared to teach consumer education; and limited opportunity for consumer education exists beyond the classroom. Recommendations for improving the level of consumer competency range from marketing to miscellaneous improvements in the nation's education programs. Suggestions for the nation's schools include universal requirements for instruction in consumer education, requirements that focus specifically on consumer skills and awareness, adequate preparation of consumer education instructors, and continuing support for teachers. (Contains 11 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Consumer Education, Ypsilanti, MI.