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Students' understanding of socio-economic phenomena: conceptions about the free provison of goods and services
School of Education, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences (CeSam). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Economic Psychology, ISSN 0167-4870, Vol. 33, no 1, 79-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research on conceptual change has paid relatively less attention to the social than to the physical science domain. In particular, research on conceptual change in economic understanding has been fairly sparse and loosely connected. Given the potential significance of citizen’s economic understanding in delimiting government responses to globalisation (Davies, 2006 P. Davies, Educating citizens for changing economies. Journal of Curriculum Studies,  38  (2006), pp. 15–30. Davies, 2006) this topic is worthy of further study. This study paper investigates conceptions about the provision of free goods and services, drawing on evidence from students in different age groups. In contrast to previous work we focus on the question ‘Should this product or service be made available for free?’ We compare the reasoning of students at different ages across a range of products and services and we explore the ways that they attempt to resolve conflicts within their reasoning.

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2012. Vol. 33, no 1, 79-89 p.
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Conceptual change; Social science; Economics
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-67049DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2011.08.003ISI: 000299856600008OAI: diva2:469228
Available from: 2011-12-22 Created: 2011-12-22 Last updated: 2013-01-23Bibliographically approved

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