Discussion Papers

Discussion papers for economic education

Since January 2013 the “Oldenburg discussion papers for economic education” [Oldenburger Diskussionspapiere zur ökonomischen Bildung] are published. Theses papers purpose is to present research activities of both research locations – university and affiliated institute for the scientific community and for the interested public. The papers were published by Prof. Dr. Hans Kaminski, Prof. Dr. Dirk Loerwald and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Schröder.


Discussion paper 01/2013

Kirchner, V./Loerwald, D. (2013): Ökonomische Bildung im Zentralabitur. Eine qualitative Inhaltsanalyse der Zentralabituraufgaben [Economic Education in the Centralized German A-Level] A qualitative content analysis of the tasks of the cenralized A-Level] 2007-2011


Economic Education in the Centralized German Abitur (A-Level)


The Zentralabitur (Centralized German A-Level) is one of the most significant educational policy instruments in respect of teaching in the upper secondary education system in German schools. The central hypothesis of this paper is that significant differences exist in the quality and quality of Economic Education in the upper secondary education system owing to the diverse profusion in Economic Education right across Germany. Putting this hypothesis under the empirical spotlight, a qualitative content analysis was carried out on all economic examination tasks from 2007 to 2011. The study focuses on the scope and the nature of the tasks (optional or compulsory), the educational and specialist nature of the materials, the themed content as well as the necessary economic categories required to complete the tasks. The results show: the lower the proportion of economics in the respective subjects, the more likely it is for Economic Education to be deselected in the Zentralabitur; the more likely it will be that relevant content areas (“private household” and “business”) and relevant economic categories (e.g. cost-benefit considerations and economic principle) remain disregarded; and the more uniform the depth of variation of the employed materials is likely to be.