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ERIC Number: ED515365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-9381-2
Education Doctoral Student Attitudes toward and Understanding of Economics
Rogers, Kevin L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Dakota
The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes toward and understanding of economics possessed by Doctor of Education students in Adult and Higher Education that were enrolled at The University of South Dakota. The study further sought to find areas or topics of interest in the field of economics that Doctor of Education students possess, and determine where they get information on economics and how much they trust those information sources. The study also sought to determine the extent to which experience in undergraduate and graduate economics classes has an impact on the level of interest in further study of economics. This study utilized a three-part assessment. The first part of the assessment was to understand the attitudes Doctor of Education students have toward economics. The "Survey on Economic Attitudes" (SEA), developed by Walstad and Soper (1981), was identified as a suitable for this portion of the assessment and modified for use with permission. The second portion of the survey consisted of researcher-developed questions to gather demographic information, understand what Doctor of Education students would like to know about economics topics, where they get information about economics, and who they trust to provide them with information about economics. The third part of the assessment was to determine the extent to which Doctor of Education students have an understanding of economic concepts as determined by responses to the "Test of Economic Literacy" (TEL) from the Council on Economic Education (Walstad & Rebeck, 2001). Response frequencies were captured and percentages calculated where appropriate. Descriptive statistics were calculated as appropriate based upon the survey question. Descriptive comparisons of responses based upon demographic characteristics were also produced as appropriate. Among the findings that emerged from this study were the following: (1) Doctor of Education students perceived economics as a worthwhile area of study and indicated a general willingness to learn more about economics. (2) The survey participants did not have simplistic notions about the causes of economic problems. (3) Survey respondents generally disapproved of government involvement in the economy, although the degree of opposition was dependent upon topic. (4) General understanding of economics was fairly strong, although as questions became more directly specific to economic concepts, lower accuracy rates indicated that understanding of core economic concepts was not strong. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Economic Literacy