Designing Meaningful Lessons in Economics for Middle School Students Through the Use of Personnel Economic Experiences

10 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2011

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Mark Mraz

Slippery Rock University

Date Written: January 19, 2011

Abstract

The financial collapse of the United States economy in 2008 and the subsequent government bail out has made economic or financial literacy a major priority of all educational entities at all levels. Therefore, a case can be made for the inclusion of economic paradigms in middle school curricula. Students, due to the nature of capitalism, become part of the economic process through their role as consumers and producers. If citizenship education is a goal of social studies instruction, then it is every teacher’s responsibility to help his or her students become economically literate. The author suggests ways to teach economics by using students’ personal experiences with the economy.

Keywords: Economics, Study and Teaching

JEL Classification: A21-Precollege

Suggested Citation

Mraz, Mark, Designing Meaningful Lessons in Economics for Middle School Students Through the Use of Personnel Economic Experiences (January 19, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1743735 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1743735

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