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Volume 23, No. 7       November 13, 2000
 

Center to Sponsor Workshop for Teachers

The Southern Tier Center for Economic Education (STCEE), based at Ithaca College, will hold a workshop on Thursday, November 16, for area social studies teachers interested in learning how to better integrate economics principles and practices into their middle school and high school classrooms. Titled "What Are the Challenges?" the workshop will focus on international trade and development issues, including the current controversies involving the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

The STCEE is based in the Department of Economics. It is affiliated with the New York State Council on Economic Education and the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE).

"This workshop is part of our ongoing effort to provide resources, materials, and strategies for teachers to support them in curricular development," says Frank Musgrave, professor and chair of the economics department and director of the STCEE. "It is our hope that teachers not only will use the information in their own classrooms but also will in effect become ‘master teachers,’ spreading this knowledge to other teachers in other disciplines in their schools."

The November 16 workshop, which will be held at the BOCES center on Warren Road in Ithaca, is supported by a mini-grant from the NCEE and is part of International Education Week, as designated by the U.S. Departments of State and Education. The principal presenter will be assistant professor of economics Shaianne Warner. It will also feature information about an exchange between students in Trumansburg and Sheffield, England, through the efforts of Trumansburg high school teacher Mary June King.

The STCEE has hosted previous workshops for teachers on such topics as the use of computer-accessed materials, the role of the Federal Reserve in today’s economy, the health care economy, and environmental economics. Participating faculty in the economics department have also given presentations in local schools through the College’s Partnership in Teaching program.

"By providing teachers with better tools, we hope to play a part in improving economics literacy," says Musgrave, noting the value of a citizenry that understands economic concepts. "One only had to look at the presidential race to see that the important issues — whether it was Social Security or prescription drugs or health insurance — were all at heart economic issues."

Musgrave, who serves on the board of directors of the state council, says future efforts may focus on areas such as personal finance and entrepreneurial studies.

 
 

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Andrejs Ozolins, Ithaca College Office of Publications. 9. Nov. 2000