More than ever before, knowledge of basic economics is a prerequisite for a productive and healthy economy. Economic education helps people understand and apply economic issues to improve personal decision making. It also gives people a greater understanding of major economic issues that confront our nation.
The center conducts credit courses and non-credit workshops to increase the economic
understanding of teachers and to improve their skills in teaching and integrating economics
into their present curriculum. Graduate courses are offered for certified school teachers
and administrators. Undergraduate credit courses are offered for education majors at Nebraska.
Instructional assistance is provided by the center to local school districts, education
agencies, college faculty and community groups on such topics as curriculum development, course
content, resource materials and strategies for teaching economics. The center maintains an
extensive resource library containing books, instructional units, videotapes, curriculum guides
and other resources. Library materials are available on a loan basis to teachers and administrators.
The center develops and distributes educational materials in economics for use by teachers
in Nebraska and nationwide. Most of these materials are curriculum units or lessons for students
on current economic topics. The center also prepares other institutional materials such as
nationally normed and standardized tests in economics.
The center makes presentations and participates in programs to help college faculty and
graduate students become better economics instructors. The center contributes to publications
on the teaching and learning of economics. This work is done in cooperation with the National
Center for Research in Economic Education.
The center was established in 1963 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It serves as a
teaching, research and service unit of the Department of Economics and the College of Business.
The center is affiliated with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. The
Nebraska Council supports the work of the centers for economic education at Lincoln, Omaha,
Kearney, Wayne and Chadron. The center is affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education
and is part of the EconomicsAmerica network.
The center serves schools in Lincoln and in the following counties:
The center also works with the southern portion of Hall county and Educational Service Units No. 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 18.
The Resource Library serves the entire state.