Abstract 2-Volume 7-Number 1, Spring 2012

Tips for Teaching the High School Economics Course

Don R. Leet

California State University, Fresno

Jane S. Lopus

California State University, East Bay

 

Abstract

Because economics is increasing in importance in the high school curriculum, it is critically important that it is taught well by well-trained teachers.  We offer suggestions for teaching high school economics in the areas of content, methodology, materials, and professional development.  We address what content to include, the use of textbooks and supplementary materials, and innovative approaches for teaching economics.  The use of literature, film, music, and activity-based lessons are discussed.  Teachers are encouraged to seek out professional development opportunities through the Council for Economic Education and networking opportunities through the Global Association of Teachers of Economics.  Although teaching high school economics can be challenging, there are many helpful materials and resources available.

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