Today's economic world is a complex and rapidly changing one. The growth of the
American economy and the impovement of our standard of living depend on our ability
to produce and compete in the global society. More than ever before, knowledge of
basic economics is a prerequisite for a productive and healthy economy. It is also
important for understanding major issues that confront this nation.
Economic education helps people understand issues and improves economic decisions.
These decisions are made over a lifetime by people in their roles as citizens, consumers,
workers, or producers. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the American population
obtains a solid education in economics at the pre-college or college levels. More
economics education is needed in this 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 UNL.
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 designated by the National Council on Economic Education to serve
as the specialized National Center for Research in Economic Education for its national
network of 275 college and u niversity centers for economic education and 50 state
councils on economic education. This National Center prepares datasets and conducts
studies on the effective teaching and learning of economics.
William Walstad is the director of the National Center for Research in Economic
Education and a distinguished professor of economics at UNL. He conducts research
activities and faculty development in economic education. He served as director
of the UNL Center for Economic Education from 1982-1996.
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 Administration. 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
Tammie J Fischer
Director, Center for Economic Education
Dr. Fischer serves as an instructor and coordinator of the credit courses and inservice programs for area teachers. She assists local schools in curriculum consultation and development and manages the Resource Library.
The Center serves schools in Lincoln and in the following counties:
The Center also works closely 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