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Economic Education in U.S. High Schools

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The teaching of economics at the high school level is vital for increasing basic economic literacy. This assessment of high school economics in the United States covers seven topics: enrollments in courses; course content; the testing of students; achievement in economics courses; economics instruction in related courses; teacher preparation for economics instruction; and the contributions from organizations and economists. Significant improvements are found in the teaching, content, and testing of high school economics over the past two decades, but more work is needed because a formal course in economics is taken by less than half of high school graduates.

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  • William B. Walstad, 2001. "Economic Education in U.S. High Schools," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 15(3), pages 195-210, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:15:y:2001:i:3:p:195-210
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.15.3.195
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    1. Phillip Saunders, 2011. "A history of economic education," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 1 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Grimes, Paul W. & Millea, Meghan J., 2003. "Economic education as public policy: the determinants of state-level mandates," MPRA Paper 39884, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Grimes, Paul W. & Millea, Meghan J. & Thomas, M. Kathleen, 2008. "District level mandates and high school students' understanding of economics," MPRA Paper 39883, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Michael C. Kimmitt & Kimberly M. Burnett, 2006. "Determinants of Success in High School Economics: Lessons from the Field," Working Papers 200609, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
    5. KimMarie McGoldrick, 2010. "Advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Economics," Chapters,in: Teaching Innovations in Economics, chapter 3 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    6. Walstad, William B. & Rebeck, Ken, 2002. "Assessing the economic knowledge and economic opinions of adults," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 42(5), pages 921-935.
    7. Mark C. Schug & Eric Hagedorn & Tracy J. Posnanski, 2002. "Should Economic Education Be Left the Public Schools? The Youth Enterprise Academies for Urban Youth," Journal of Private Enterprise, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, vol. 18(Fall 2002), pages 80-88.
    8. Kimberly Burnett & Sumner La Croix, 2009. "Economic Education’s Roller Coaster Ride In Hawaii, 1956-2006," Working Papers 200901, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
    9. Paul W. Grimes, 2011. "Economic Education in American Elementary and Secondary Schools," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 25 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    • A21 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Pre-college

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