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The latest survey by the Hawaii Council on Economic Education (HCEE) aims to create a how--to manual to be distributed to local high schools. The survey focuses on the backgrounds of the faculty and administration at each school. A previous survey of the students indicated a substantial variation in the economic literacy among Hawaii's public schools.

Although Hawaii does not require its social studies teachers to have an economic background, the preliminary findings of the survey show a strong correlation between high scoring schools and teachers with at least four to six college economics courses. "By in large, enthusiastic teachers generate successful students as well," says Michael Kimmitt, a fourth year PhD student at the University of Hawaii, who is working the HCEE study.

The final results will be presented at HCEE's third annual conference on Nov. 8. Educators and members of the business, nonprofit and political communities will be present, as each has a vested interest in the economic literacy of Hawaii's graduates. Says Kristine Castagnaro, executive director of the council, "We need to educate Hawaii's future work force and graduate students so that they understand bow to make informed decisions."

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Title Annotation:HBuzz; Hawaii Council on Economic Education surveys
Author:Tomonari, Lori Anne
Publication:Hawaii Business
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9HI
Date:Nov 1, 2005
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