DETERMINANTS OF ECONOMICS PROFICIENCY AMONG ARKANSAS K-12 TEACHERS AND THEIR ROLE IN TRAINING WORKSHOP EFFECTIVENESS DETERMINANTS OF ECONOMICS PROFICIENCY AMONG ARKANSAS K-12 TEACHERS AND THEIR ROLE IN TRAINING WORKSHOP EFFECTIVENESS
This paper assesses the impact of teacher-training workshops on economic literacy rates among high school teachers in the state of Arkansas. After the 2010 adoption of new frameworks for teaching economics, many Arkansas social studies teachers will be working in unfamiliar subject areas. To address this, Economics Arkansas, a non-profit educational organization, held a statewide series of activity-based teacher training workshops throughout the summer of 2010. These workshops were specifically
... s were specifically designed to familiarize teachers with fundamental concepts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and personal finance as specified in the state frameworks. Workshop effectiveness is measured using the TEL, or Test of Economic Literacy, a nationally standardized economics exam for high school students. Pre and post-tests were administered at the beginning and end of the workshop, respectively. Scores from 7 teacher-training workshops are then aggregated to provide an overall assessment of workshop effectiveness on economic literacy rates among the sample of teachers in attendance.