ERIC Number: EJ1169455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Dutch Economic Textbooks in the 1970s: Raising the Status of a New Secondary School Type by Means of Mathematical Abstraction
Gorter, Gerrit F.; Amsing, Hilda T. A.; Dekker, Jeroen J. H.
Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society, v8 n2 p83-106 Sep 2016
Essential Economics, the influential economics education textbook written by Arnold Heertje for use in Dutch secondary schools in the 1970s, was characterized by a previously unknown and internationally exceptional degree of abstraction. Its users justified this degree of abstraction by arguing that it fulfilled the needs of mental schooling (in line with the formal education argument upheld by defenders of humanism) and that it would enhance the rigorous status of the new type of school known as athenaeum A. In the 1970s, this economics education design was criticized by Herman Hartkamp, who strove to ground economics education on pupil-centered and social meliorist principles. By explaining this struggle and its outcome, this article exposes the various educational ideologies found in textbooks in the segmented Dutch school system.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Economics Education, Textbooks, Secondary Education, Textbook Content, Content Analysis, Ideology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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