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An International Perspective on Economic Education - William B. Walstad

An International Perspective on Economic Education

By: William B. Walstad (Editor)

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Economics is taught in some form in the secondary schools of nations throughout the world. The subject is rarely taught in elementary schools, and while economics courses are offered in universities, the majority of students end their formal education with secondary school. Thus, the best opportunity for the economic education of the youth of a nation occurs in secondary schools. This book examines economic education at this critical level of the educational system.
The teaching of economics in secondary schools varies across countries. These differences occur because of history, the structure of education, and other national factors. At the same time, there are common elements in the economic education of many countries, especially in content coverage. This contrast between the common features and the uniqueness of economic education in secondary schools of major industrial nations exemplifies the international perspective presented in this book.
The international perspective is developed in the six sections of the volume. The first section discusses why nations should include economics in school curricula, and presents a framework for teaching economics that should have global appeal. Dissension and consensus on economic issues among North American and European economists are examined in the second section. The third section surveys the U.S. research literature on precollege economic education and assesses the current state of economics instruction in U.S. schools. The economics curricula and educational practices in seven other nations -- the U.K., Canada, Japan, Germany, Austria, Korea, and Australia -- are described in the fourth and fifth sections. The fifth section also presents international comparisons of economic understanding based on national testing in six of those nations. The sixth and final section explores the role of economic education in centrally planned economies, and its effects on the transition to a market economy, using Russia, Bulgaria, and China as case studies.

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
An Introduction to an International Perspective on Economic Educationp. 1
Economic Education for a Half-Century of Radical Changep. 19
A Global Framework for Teaching Economicsp. 37
Economists' Ideological Conflicts and Consensus on Economic Issues, and Their Implications for Economic Educationp. 47
A Comparison of the Views of Economists, Economic Educators, Teachers and Journalists on Economic Issuesp. 65
Research on High School Economics in the United States: Further Considerationsp. 89
An Assessment of Economics Instruction in American High Schoolsp. 109
Economic Understanding in the United Kingdomp. 137
The Canadian Experience and the Lasting Impact of Economic Educationp. 157
Economic Education in Japanese Secondary Schoolsp. 169
Economic Literacy in German-Speaking Countries and the United States: Methods and First Results of a Comparative Studyp. 183
Economic Literacy in the Republic of Korea and the United Statesp. 203
High School Economics in Australiap. 219
The Changing Face of Economics Instruction in Russiap. 233
Economic Education and Transition in Eastern Europep. 255
High School Economics in the People's Republic of Chinap. 273
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780792394372
ISBN-10: 0792394372
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 299
Published: 31st January 1994
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61