DEcon convenes National Conference on Economic Education

Leading the forefront in Philippine economic education

How do students acquire economic education, financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills? How do teachers impart the “economic way of thinking” to their students?

These were just some of the questions that participants examined in the first-ever nationwide gathering of economics teachers in secondary schools and higher educational institutions. The National Conference on Economic Education/Economics Teachers’ Conference (NCEE-ETC) was spearheaded by CEM through the Department of Economics on 21-22 February 2010 at CEM Function Hall.

Perspectives in teaching economics

The conference offered different perspectives in teaching economics. It featured a number of presentation and discussion on topics such as the making of economists, the analysis of results of test of understanding college economics, issues about economics textbooks, profile of economic education programs, climate change and environmental economic issues, civics and economic citizenship education, ethical consideration in social and economic education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship education. It provided the participants with fruitful opportunities for networking, linkage and collaborative research and related activities.

Imparting the “economic way of thinking”

The conference aimed to reassure that as students leave schools, they are equipped with the “economic way of thinking” and decision-making skills they need to come up with informed, rational decisions as consumers, workers, citizens, savers, investors and participants in the global economy. As emphasized by Dr. Jose Camacho, CEM associate dean and conference chair-organizer, an understanding of economic principles is vital to an individual's ability to be a responsible consumer, a productive worker, a prudent saver, an investor, and an informed voter. He said “considering, for instance, both the short and long-term economic consequences of spending and saving decisions, how much education and training to invest in, what career to choose, and the positions of political candidates on critical issues, is something our students must be taught how to do.”

The Philippine Economic Education Society (PEES)

The conference also led to the formation of the Philippine Economic Education Society (PEES) with the following as founding officers: Dr. Jose Camacho, president; Dr. Malou Lucas, Mariano Marcos State University, vice president for Luzon; Dr. Joy Lizada, UP Visayas, vice president for Visayas; Dr. Malou Soliven, Central Mindanao University, vice president for Mindanao; Prof. Amelia Bello, UPLB, secretary; Prof. Nino Manalo, UPLB, treasurer; Prof. Adrian Tamayo, University of Mindanao, Auditor; Prof. Jerick Ferrer, Philippine Normal University; Mr. Rogel Opulencia, DepEd Laguna; Jose Paulo Mutuc, De La Salle University; Prof. Norma Gomez, University of Southern Mindanao, board members.