ERIC Number: ED366816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Consumer Education in the States: A Blueprint for Action.
Bonner, Patricia A., Comp.
This document is designed to assist in development of state plans for action for consumer education. Its purpose is to serve as a catalyst for new and expanded public-private partnerships among state and local leaders that strengthen consumer education in the schools. Section 1 defines consumer education, discusses consumer concepts, and lists consumer education objectives. Section 2 provides a rationale for consumer education and focuses on deficiencies shown by results of tests measuring the consumer competency of adults and high school and college students. Section 3 on consumer education in the schools highlights current mandates and policies and describes advantages and disadvantages of four curriculum approaches to K-12 consumer education: separate course, integrated into existing subject, integrated into several existing subjects, and integrated into existing subjects with a capstone course. Section 4 discusses four essential ingredients to the success of statewide programs: commitment, leadership, compromise, and coordination. The final section presents five steps in the process of establishing a partnership: organize action group, assess current situation, create action plan, implement plan, and follow up. Appendixes include a diagram of the concepts identified in Section 1 and their relationships; a sample of suggested activities to strengthen and expand consumer education; highlights of actual partnerships and the successful programs; and a list of 78 print and organizational sources of additional information. (Contains 12 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Cooperative Programs, Corporate Support, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, State Programs, Statewide Planning
National Institute for Consumer Education, 207 Rackham Hall, Eastern State University, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti. National Inst. for Consumer Education.
Note: Prepared for the "Consumer Education Policy Summit: Building Alliances for Action" (Minneapolis, MN, September 13-14, 1993) sponsored by AT&T Universal Card Services Corp., the Office of Minnesota Attorney General, and the National Institute for Consumer Education.