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The Teaching of Economics in Schools: A Problem in the Making?

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  • Millmow, Ale

    (School of Management, Charles Sturt University)

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Over the last decade there has been a sea change in student preferences towards undertaking business subjects instead of economics at secondary school. This paper suggests that the popularity of business subjects at secondary schools is one of the key factors behind the relatively static numbers undertaking economics at university. Detailed empirical evidence of the decline in economics education within Victorian secondary schools over a three-year period reveals an alarming portent for all economic instructors. The paper attempts to offer reasons why today's generation of secondary school students remain strangely averse towards economics.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 33 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 126-135

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Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v:33:y:2003:i:1:p:126-135

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Keywords: Economics Education; Economics; Education; Teaching of Economics;

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  1. John Marangos, 2002. "A Survey Of The Value University Students Place On Studying Economics," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 21(3), pages 80-93, 09.
  2. Alex Millmow, 1997. "To Eke Out A Marginal Existence: Economics In Business Schools," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 16(3), pages 88-96, 09.
  3. Hodgkinson, A. & Perera, N., 1996. "Why Aren't They Taking Economics? Attitudes of First Year Students - University of Wollongong : Case Study," Economics Working Papers wp96-13, School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
  4. Nilss Olekalns, 2002. "The Teaching of First Year Economics in Australian Universities," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 848, The University of Melbourne.
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