Workshop Description

Conference session (research): Developing Teacher Instructional Skills in Economics

Teachers’ instructional practices are important for student learning. However, there are few tools for evaluating instructional practices in social studies. To this end, we present a video-based instrument with teacher-student interactions for assessing teaching practices in a high school economics course. We investigate, using an iterative design-based methodology, the adaptation and validation of a test originally developed in Germany for use in the United States.

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Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Economic Education

Nov 19, 2021
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Grade Level: High School
Potential Recertification Credits: 1

This was a research session presented virtually at the International Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies. The purpose was to share with international researchers the VCU Center’s methods in evaluating and developing teacher instructional practices and skills in economics.

One takeaway for researchers, and for VCEE, is that teacher educators (us) should consider giving more opportunities for teachers to practice particular teaching situations.

In this study, my co-authors (from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz) and I adapted a German-made test of economics teaching for use in the USA.

One finding: Expert econ teachers were able to respond flexibly to teaching challenges by linking to concepts they already knew how to teach. They enjoyed thinking of different ways to draw students into the content. But novice econ teachers not only struggled, but struggled in myriad ways, including forgetting they were teachers and thinking they were students, or even blaming the German educational system for originating such a test!


Instructor: Stephen H. Day, PhD, Director
Contact Person:
Stephen H. Day, PhD, Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 828-1628

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