The aim of this book is to justify the importance of economic knowledge for every human being in a country with an economic system based on the market mechanism, and to explain and debunk the myths and stereotypes related to economic education and its effectiveness, particularly among young people.
The book offers a comparative analysis of the economic education of young people in Poland and throughout the world. It examines the historical emergence of economies and economic thinking and decision-making as well as the different philosophies and educational systems in the EU and the USA. It thoroughly investigates the economic knowledge of Polish youth via an annual study, which the authors have conducted since 2012.
The book outlines both the formal and informal methods of economic education, from education programs in general secondary schools and economic technical schools, as well as in vocational schools, and also examines school Business Incubators. It concludes with a summary, reviewing the implementation of research goals and issues and outlining directions for future research.
The authors break down complex topics and provide readers of this book with a base knowledge of economics at the micro and macro levels. The book will serve as a useful and practical guide for students and researchers, as well as policymakers concerned with rethinking the education system. Additionally, it will be a helpful resource for those wanting to acquire the knowledge needed to conduct a business, as the authors maintain that entrepreneurship can be learned.
Marian Noga, PhD, is Professor of Economics and Head of the Business Cooperation Institute of WSB University in Wroclaw, Poland. He is also former Senator of the Republic of Poland, former Member of the Monetary Policy Council of Poland and former Rector of Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland.
Andrzej Brzezinski, PhD, is Associate Professor of Czestochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Management and an associate of Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Poland. He has developed and implements the nationwide educational and research project The Entrepreneurship and Management Olympiad (currently VIII edition), which is ranked among the best economic contests in Poland.
Introduction 1.The need to disseminate economic knowledge of young people in the modern world. 2. Formal and informal methods of economic education of young people in Poland and across the world 3. Economic knowledge of students in Poland: An empirical study 4. Summary