Economics Department


Date of this Version

January 2001


Published in JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC EDUCATION. Vol. 32, No. 1, Winter 2001. Copyright © 2001 Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation. Used by permission.


This study describes a new data set and uses it for an exploratory investigation of whether seminars for teachers conducted by the National Council on Economic Education through its International Education Exchange Program (IEEP) had a beneficial effect on the economic understanding of the high school students of these teachers. The data were collected using a non- equivalent control group design that sorted teachers into two groups based on whether or not they participated in an IEEP seminar. Pre- and post-tests of economics were administered to the students of these teachers in Lithuania, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Poland. The exploratory results showed a larger increase in the economic understanding of students of teachers who participated in the IEEP seminars compared with students of teachers who did not. The results also showed that knowledge of economics among IEEP teachers was a factor for improving student achievement in economics. The findings should be viewed with caution because of data limitations.

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