Author(s): Susan J. Jenkins, Janiel G. Nelson
The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine (1) preferred types of teacher training; and (2) classroom instructional methods utilized in economic education programs within Idaho’s K-12 schools, as a baseline for program evaluation and delivery. The individual teacher who is well-trained, and uses instructional strategies involving students, can ultimately have a positive effect on the economic literacy of students in our nations’ schools.
Teaching economic educational introduces students to a highly useful way of thinking about basic issues in an economic world. An understanding and applications of fundamental economic concepts and principles can help students in the decision-making process. The goal of economic education is to develop in students the thinking skills and economic knowledge necessary to become effective, participating citizens.
It is widely recognized that the teacher is the key to what is taught in the classroom. Without well-trained teachers, the best written curriculum may not be taught in the classroom. Instructional methods which concentrate on the achievement of a fundamental understanding of economic concepts, and their application in daily life, will assist students in achieving economic literacy. Therefore, enhanced teacher training and interactive methods of instruction are essential to effective economic education across the curriculum.