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Social Studies Research and Practice

Dr. Ronald Banaszak and Dr. Mark Schug are the Co-Editors of this special issue on economics education.  Dr. Judy Butler worked with them to organize the issue.  The journals’ editors wish to recognize their efforts in developing an issue that offers readers a unique set of research and practice articles on a topic of major importance.

The Research section of the journal includes two articles.  The first provides an overview of recent research in economic education.   It includes a summary two recent reviews of economic education research as well as an analysis of the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Economics.  The second presents an assessment of an online personal finance program developed by the Council on Economic Education called the Gen I Revolution.  This study, which includes a pre- and post-test design, with control group, finds positive results among high school students who participated in the program using two separate measures.

The Practice section of the journal leads off with an article offering practical advice for economics teachers on what content to include, how it should be organized, use of textbooks and supplemental materials, and tips on other teaching resources.  The second article offers ideas on how teachers can expand traditional in-class societies such as the Mini-Society and Mini-Economy for teaching international trade. The third article points teachers to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where they can gain access to a terrific source of economic data – – Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED).  The fourth article stresses the importance of integrating economic concepts in history instruction.  It offers narratives suitable for teachers and students on the economies of the Republic of Florence and Tokugawa Japan.  It concludes with an annotated list of teaching resources.  The fifth article provides advice on cool technology for teaching economics including ways to use TV and movie clips, audio downloads, computer simulations and exercises and video games.  The final article suggests ways to teacher high school economics concepts through discussions, simulations, and discover-based techniques.


The Social Justice section features an essay on the economic views of Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, whose life spanned the Civil War to the dawn of civil rights era.