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The Relationship between Economic Understanding and the Social Studies Curriculum

Edward Boddy and Thomas S. Tocco
The Journal of Economic Education
Vol. 5, No. 2 (Spring, 1974), pp. 89-91
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
DOI: 10.2307/1182646
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1182646
Page Count: 3
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The Relationship between Economic Understanding and the Social Studies Curriculum
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Abstract

Much research is needed to determine the extent to which the high school social studies curriculum, and certain courses within that curriculum, contribute toward economic understanding. Boddy and Tocco report on their attempt to assess the social studies curriculum in Southwest Florida. They also single out one required course, Americanism vs. Communism, which was designed to "emphasize the free-enterprise-competitive economy of the United States," and measure its impact on a sample of high school seniors. The findings are not encouraging. Although this study applies to one limited geographic area, others may find it interesting because it suggests the need for similar research in other parts of the nation.

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