THE STUDY OF THE AWARENESS AND BACKGROUND OF ECONOMIC KNOWLEDGE (Badanie swiadomosci i podstaw wiedzy ekonomicznej wsród uczestników programów edukacyjnych skierowanych do najmlodszych)
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The article describes the results of the study of the awareness and economic maturity conducted in the group of 432 participants of educational programs directed to pupils from the highest grades of primary school and initial grades of gymnasium. The research enabled to classify particular categories of economic concepts regarding the level of learners' familiarity with them and the range of their acquisition. It allowed as well to diagnose the students' background knowledge and to point to the areas of ignorance, which are particularly important as they may become in future the source of myths, arising in the awareness of many people, concerning economic issues and may also lead to stereotypical perception of economic phenomena. Therefore, they impede the understanding of real economic mechanisms and processes as well as increase the susceptibility for populist solutions of every kind.
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