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Title:  WWC Review of the Report "Effects of Problem Based Economics on High School Economics Instruction"
Description: Effects of Problem Based Economics on High School Economics Instruction, assessed the effectiveness of Problem Based Economics Instruction. The study included 128 high school economics teachers from 106 schools in Arizona and California. Half of the teachers used Problem Based Economics Instruction materials as a major portion of their curriculum during the academic year. The other half used their schools’ standard instructional materials. The study found no statistically significant difference on the economics knowledge of students in the intervention and comparison classes. However, the effect size for the economics knowledge domain was positive and large enough to be considered substantively important according to WWC criteria. This study is a well-implemented randomized controlled trial with high levels of teacher attrition. Therefore, the study meets WWC evidence standards with reservations.
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Cover Date: June 2012
Web Release: June 12, 2012
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Publication #: WWC SSREFB12
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Single Study Review
Questions: For questions about the content of this Single Study Review, please contact:
Erin Pollard.