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Utbud, efterfrågan & jämviktskunskap: En kritisk prövning av ekonomiundervisningen i gymnasieskolan.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

It has been roughly 86 years since Gunnar Myrdal’s book “The Political Element in the Development of Economic Theory” was published, in which he declared economic thought and theory as being established by hidden ideological premises. As well as accusing modern economic theory of being the subject of a pseudo-scientific construct. As such, this study seeks to test Myrdal’s critical view on Swedish economic education in upper secondary school. The study also seeks to determine how teachers deal with objectivism in economic teaching, how they themselves view economy as a scientific method and what they feel is the most important to teach the new generation of Swedish citizens. To complement the theoretical standpoint, the study will also emphazise on discussing the problems of objectivism in social sciences. The data presented is the result of conducted observations on four classes in the Swedish upper secondary school, two of the observed classes are based around an economic focus while the two other are based on a social scientific focus. As a compliment to the observations made, the study will also present conducted interviews with the teachers present at said observed occasions. The core questions to be examined are: “How do teachers approach objectivism in economic teaching in classes determined by a social scientific- and economic focus?”; “Which aspects of economy and economic history are highlighted- and valued in (economic) education?” and “How is the relationship between economics and science viewed upon?”

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
Myrdal, Objectivity, National economics, Economic education, Social sciences, Terms, Ideas
Keyword [sv]
Myrdal, Objektivitet, Nationalekonomi, Ekonomiundervisning, Samhällsvetenskap, Begrepp
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43772OAI: diva2:818202
Subject / course
Social Sciences
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
2015-06-03, Ny219K, Gröndalsvägen 19, Kalmar, 09:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-06-18 Created: 2015-06-08 Last updated: 2015-06-18Bibliographically approved

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