Major Milestone for UWG’s Center for Economic Education
The Georgia Council of Economic Education recently honored UWG’s Center for Economic Education for 40 years of training teachers in the language of commerce.
Georgia requires K-12 students to study economic concepts as part of the social studies curriculum. But the teachers are not always prepared to do this, explains Dr. Leland V. Gustafson, director of the center.
“We are in constant communication with everyone else in the world,” Gustafson says. “Students need to understand how the world works. Economics and trade, these are the basic things students need to understand when they leave high school.”
The center offers workshops and materials for teachers to use in their classrooms. Among the tools is “Virtual Economics,” a series of lesson plans with CDs, worksheets, glossaries and other materials. The lesson plans tackle economic topics in five categories: fundamental, macro, micro, international, and personal finance economics. Educators explore such concepts as incentives, scarcity, and gross domestic product, among others.
Georgia College & State University, University of Georgia and Georgia State University are also among the members of the state council.
According to research conducted by GCSU, students whose teachers participated in economics workshops performed statistically significantly higher in the economics portions of the state-required End of Course Tests.
Richards College of Business and the College of Education collaborate on the workshops and programs for educators. Three years ago the center introduced A Day with the Fed.
Gary Tapp, the director of economic education for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Amy Hennessy, the bank’s senior economic and financial education specialist, spend the day with students and community members, explains Judy Butler, associate director of the center and a professor in UWG’s secondary education program.
Tapp meets with business students and a small group of AP students from local high schools. Hennessy arrives with children’s books, lists of web sites and shredded dollar bills to give to students.
As part of her presentation, Hennessy introduces prospective teachers to Web 2.0 tools − Edmodo, Prezi and Voki − to prepare them for the classroom. She also teaches a lesson on the Great Depression.
“Most of my students are history majors,” Butler says. “We like to make sure that all social studies teachers have some background in education.”
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