Quotation Fuhrmann, Bettina. 2022. An Integrative Holistic Model of Economic Education. In EDULEARN22 Proceedings, Hrsg. IATED, 907-914. Palma de Mallorca: None.




In countless every-day situations people make decisions on how to use their scarce resources in order to meet a myriad of needs. Whenever they do so, they act as economic beings and are part of the economy, or how Thomas Sowell (2015) put it, ‘We cannot opt out of economic issues and decisions. Our only options are to be informed, uninformed, or misinformed’. People who are ‘informed’ are able to understand economic issues and contexts, to use their understanding to solve economic problems and to make critical assessments. This is desirable or even necessary in various economically relevant life situations, whether it concerns decisions regarding buying, renting, investing or financing, choosing an education or profession, or making use of one’s right to vote and thus participating in the decision-making process determining a country’s economic policy. Economic education is the process that fosters economic literacy. If education is supposed to (also) mean that people are capable of understanding the world and making critical evaluations as well as recognising and solving problems, economic education needs to be an essential component of education. In this context, the question arises how economic education can be clearly defined and how its contents can be identified and structured. This paper aims at providing a definition of economic education and shining a light on its various concepts that focus on different aspects of economic education. Based on this analysis, we have integrated the different concepts into a holistic model that can serve as a foundation for the development of curricula, as a reference framework to categorise different economy-related issues and questions and as a basis for diagnostic and evaluative purposes. It also helps students to understand and refelct on their every-day economic activities and decisions more thoroughly.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title An Integrative Holistic Model of Economic Education
Title of whole publication EDULEARN22 Proceedings
Editor IATED
Page from 907
Page to 914
Location Palma de Mallorca
Year 2022
ISBN 978-84-09-42484-9
URL https://library.iated.org/view/GREIMELFUHRMANN2022ANI
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://library.iated.org/view/GREIMELFUHRMANN2022ANI


Fuhrmann, Bettina (Details)
Institute for Business Education IN (Details)
Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5348 Business education (Details)
5405 Empirical social research (Details)
5807 Didactics (Details)
5816 Education science (Details)
5963 Evaluation research (Details)
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