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NCEA Level 3 Economics and Economic Literacy in Introductory Economics at University




In 2003, New Zealand significantly reorganised high school education by moving to a standards-based assessment approach. This paper investigates whether the economics standards are associated with economic understanding using 2008-2011 data from students at the University of Waikato. We find that there is significant association between NCEA economics and economic literacy. However, some standards have a much closer association with economic literacy, in particular AS90631 and AS90632. These standards are the only standards associated with economic literacy for both high aptitude and low aptitude students. An optimal high school course in economics should include these standards as a minimum.

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  • Michael P. Cameron & Rebecca Williams, 2012. "NCEA Level 3 Economics and Economic Literacy in Introductory Economics at University," Working Papers in Economics 12/05, University of Waikato.
  • Handle: RePEc:wai:econwp:12/05

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    1. Michael P. Cameron & Steven Lim, 2015. "Recognising and building on freshman students' prior knowledge of economics," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(1), pages 22-32, April.
    2. Jane S. Lopus, 1997. "Effects of the High School Economics Curriculum on Learning in the College Principles Class," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(2), pages 143-153, June.
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    economic literacy; NCEA; standards-based assessment; New Zealand;

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    • A21 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Pre-college
    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate

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