The Development of the School’s Economical Education in Ukraine (the end of the 20th- the beginning of the 21th centuries)

Keywords: school economic education, reformation of education, profile education, economic culture.


The article clarifies the main tendencies of the school economic education development in Ukraine from the end of the 20th to the beginning of the 21st century.

The stages of the economic disciplines’ implementation in the educational process of secondary education establishments are revealed as: the first stage (it was between 1991 – 1993) was a period of the search of content, forms and methods of teaching economics; the second stage (between 1994-2000) was the period of formation and updating of the school economic education content; the third stage (2001-2004) was the period of mass introduction of economy in general educational establishments; the fourth stage (since 2005) was the period of the formation of continuous economic education.

It was revealed that the socio-political and socio-economic changes taken place in the early 1990s with the proclamation of Ukraine’s independence actualized the issue of providing the high level of the younger generation economic competence. That is why, since the middle of the 90’s, the optional classes in economics are opened in schools, and later ‒ the economics and entrepreneurship classes.

In the process of the research it has been found out that the beginning of the 21st century was marked by the adoption of a number of state acts proclaiming general trends in the development of education in Ukraine and identified the peculiarities of school educational management including economic (the inclusion of economic education in the invariant and variation part of the curriculum, introduction of the economic profile of the social and humanitarian direction, the expansion and differentiation of the content of economic education, the improvement of the quality of personnel and logistics of teaching disciplines and economic direction).

It is emphasized that the quality of secondary education is ensured through the implementation of the invariant and variation parts of the curriculum. The corresponding disciplines are presented as those that form the students’ outlook, economic culture and entrepreneurship.

It was indicated that a positive step towards the reforming of secondary education was the introduction of profile education in secondary schools, which included the economic profile of the social and humanitarian direction.

It was stated that at the beginning of the XXI century, in the conditions of permanent changes in society, integration into the world educational space, a school economic education also sustains a constant modernization on the way of upgrading the content and finding the effective forms of the students’ economic competence development.


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Author Biography

Iryna Zhorova, SHEE «Kherson Academy of Postgraduate Education»

Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor,
First Pro-Rector, Professor of the Department of Pedagogics and Management of Education
SHEE «Kherson Academy of Postgraduate Education»
41 Pokryshev Str., 73034, Kherson, Ukraine, E-mail:
ORCID: 0000-0003-4304-4962

How to Cite
Zhorova, I. (2019). The Development of the School’s Economical Education in Ukraine (the end of the 20th- the beginning of the 21th centuries). Professional Education: Methodology, Theory and Technologies, (9), 70-86.