ERIC Number: ED359111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of State Mandates and Competencies for Economics Instruction and Their Correlation to "Our Economy: How It Works."
Brennan, Dennis C.; Banaszak, Ronald A.
This report presents the findings of a project whose purpose was to conduct a complete survey of the various states to determine the existence and content of state mandates and competency statements as they relate to economic literacy, and more specifically, how "Our Economy: How It Works," meets these mandates and competency statements. "Our Economy: How It Works," authored by Elmer U. Clawson and published by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, is described as an innovative junior high school level economics text. The book uses case studies to introduce economic concepts in a style that can easily be understood by students. It was the belief that data on state mandates and competencies would have utility for further dissemination and revisions of "Our Economy," and also would be of interest to all those concerned with improving economic literacy in the nation's schools. The data collection procedure involved surveying the 50 state departments of education to determine the existence of a mandate and/or competency statements for economic literacy. The report is presented in five parts: (1) The National Status of State Mandates and Competencies for Economic Instruction; (2) Content Analysis of Legislative Mandates; (3) Content Analysis of State Frameworks, Courses of Study, and Competency Statements; (4) Individual State Reports; and (5) A Summary of Findings. Among the findings of the report are: 24 states have a mandate requiring economics instruction of some kind; an analysis of 13 state frameworks, courses of study and competency statements produced a list of 31 economic concepts most frequently presented; "Our Economy: How It Works" adequately covered 30 of the 31 economic concepts presented. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Foundation for Teaching Economics, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. Center for the Development of Economics Education.