What are the uses of REED?

REED gives the user more power and information than the traditional mainframe computer searches. The format, topics, and categories in the REED database were designed just for economic education. The user has control over search specifications. Multiple searches can be conducted as necessary.

What is and is not included in REED?


National Center for Research in Economic Education

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The basic purpose of REED is to provide abstracts of most research journal articles in the field of economic education. REED should provide researchers, administrators, teachers, grant writers, and other interested parties with the capability of searching various topics or categories across more than 1000 journal articles in the field that have been published since 1969, the first year of publication of the Journal of Economic Education.

There are, however, limitations to or omissions from REED that should be noted by users of the system.

Research Articles

REED does not contain all articles written in the field of economic education. By design REED focuses on research articles that have been published in scholarly journals. Studies reported in books, unpublished papers, occasional reports, newspapers, or magazines are omitted because the primary outlet for scholarly communication is the journal article.

Most of the REED articles are quantitative studies or theoretical models. Reviews or critiques of the research literature or methodology are also included. Selected essays, which were not quantitative or theoretical but which discussed major topics such as economic literacy, economic education in other nations, or trends in economic education, were usually included because of the potential implications for research.

Curriculum articles are omitted unless quantitative evidence is presented to support the ideas presented in the article on teaching. Curriculum articles would typically describe a new teaching unit, present an economics lesson, or discuss how an economic concept should be taught.

Search Strategies and Limitations

The strength of REED that makes it different than other searchable lists, is its focus on scholarly economic education articles. In addition, the break down of subject matter into categorized variables that allow a user to find material pertinent to the research being conducted adds a unique feature to this list. The links at the bottom of the page are to the lists of categories, subcategories and variables used in this database. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the variables. This work will allow you to find articles on the subject matter with the fewest false hits possible.

Errors and Omissions

There may be errors or omissions in the listed reviews in this database. There may also be other research articles that might be included. If you have articles that should be in this database or corrections that should be made, contact us.