Cologne (Germany) 2012


Monday 27 to Thursday 30 August 2012

19th European Economics Education Conference



Publications of papers

Nine papers of the conference are published in JSSE (Journal of Social Science Education) in 2013.

Choose a paper from Table of Contents:

All nine papers in one pdf:


The AEEE Cologne-Bonn Conference 2012 is an international meeting of teachers, teacher trainers, inspectors and researchers with a professional interest in all aspects of Economics and Business Education in Europe and worldwide.

The conference will provide participants with excellent opportunities to enhance both their careers and their understanding of the nature of the economic crisis. At the AEEE Cologne-Bonn Conference 2012 you will:


  • Hear some top economists giving lectures on the economic crisis

  • Explore state of the art economics which addresses contemporary economic policy problems

  • Get international points of view

  • Find new ways of teaching economics

  • Learn about and share classroom experiences, good practice examples, and reports on projects


  • Take part in visits and excursions with an economic impact

  • Visit a German school with a focus on economics education


  • Exchange research findings, ideas and concepts

  • Build professional networks

  • Build teacher relations and teams on a European basis

  • Make friends from all over Europe

And most important of all: be astonished and feel changed.

Theme: Economic crises

The term crisis, stemming from ancient Greek, means a division, a decisive moment, and a turning point. In the Chinese calligraphy, the character for crisis means danger and also chance or opportunity. In medicine, crisis may stand for the worst moment, just before recovery begins. So a crisis can be a catastrophe, a danger but also an opportunity for a new beginning; for learning, a change of mind and new ways of thinking. We will investigate these aspects from the viewpoint of European Economics Education.

Conference locations

The conference venue is ‘the Seminaris Conference Centre’, located in the centre of Bad Honnef, a lovely little Rhineland town in the neighbourhood of Cologne, half an hour by train form Cologne-Bonn-Airport.

212 rooms with modern and high-quality furnishings wait for you, all with 4-star comfort (desk, high speed-internet-access). For non-smokers we have reserved absolutely smoke-free hotel rooms on several floors. Numerous outdoor, underground and bus parking spaces are available for guests who come by car or bus.

Seminaris Bad Honnef

Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich). It is located on both sides of the Rhine River. The city's famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne is one of Europe's oldest and largest universities.

Cologne is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland and has a vibrant arts scene. Cologne is home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number of trade shows such as Art Cologne, Gamescom and the Photokina.

Cologne Cathedral

Bad Honnef is a lovely little Rhineland spa town in the neighbourhood of Cologne and Bonn, half an hour by train from Cologne-Bonn-Airport. To the north it lies on the slopes of the Drachenfels (“Dragon's Rock”) mountain, part of the Siebengebirge.

During his term as first chancellor of Germany, Konrad Adenauer lived and died in Bad Honnef, as it was near Bonn, then the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Bad Honnef has the highest purchasing power of all towns in North Rhine-Westphalia, its percentage of millionaires is also one of the highest. Even Alexander von Humboldt called Bad Honnef a “Rhenish Nizza”. He referred to the mild climate and the southernly cheerful lifestyle of the renish people.

Since the 1980s Bad Honnef has developed into an important place for conferences in Germany. Because of the close proximity to the still internationally important Federal City of Bonn, many federal institutions are located in Bad Honnef.

Romantic Rhine


Monday, August 27


11.00 -13.00

Registration of conference participants, refreshments


Conference opening

14.15 -15.45

Keynote speech I, discussion

16.00 -18.00

Visit to Bad Honnef Grammar School, exploring:

-   the concept of the School, with focus on economics

-   business@school (Boston Consulting Group)

-   European Business Competence Licence (EBC*L)

-   Exhibition of student’s works in economics education


Buffet Supper in the Conference Centre


Chance to visit Grafenwerth Island with its popular “Biergarten”

Tuesday, August 28


08.45 - 09.00  

Daily announcements

09.00 - 10.30  

Keynote speech II, discussion

10.30 - 13.00  

Workshops and lectures in three pathways, coffee break and refreshments

13.00 - 13.30

Lunch break

13.30 - 22.00

Visit to Cologne:

-   Reception at the town hall, Mayor of Cologne, 15.00

-   Visit to the cathedral

-   Guided city tour (economic history of Cologne)

-   Dinner at a popular German “Brauhaus”

Wednesday, August 29


08.45 - 09.00  

Daily announcements

09.00 - 12.15

Workshops and lectures in three pathways, coffee break and refreshments

12.30 -13.30

Lunch break

13.30 -15.00

Keynote speech III, discussion

15.00 -19.00

Workshops and lectures in three pathways, coffee break and refreshments

19.00 - 22.30

Trip to Drachenfels (Dragon’s Rock and Dragon’s Castle) and

Conference Dinner at Drachenfels

Thursday, August 30


Breakfast, conference close and departure.

Afternoon – meeting for members of AEEE Council

Papers will be welcome

Scholars and practitioners in economics education from the fields of economics, business studies, pedagogy, geography, psychology, sociology or other fields are invited to present and discuss their findings and experiences across disciplines. Submissions for papers will be welcome.The conference language is English.


We accept papers on the following and similar topics:

The economic crises

  • The economic crisis from an economics education viewpoint

  • The economic crisis and financial education

  • The economic crisis and consumer education

  • The economic crisis from an economist’s or a business viewpoint

  • Reports and experiences from teaching about the economic crisis

  • Empirical and theoretical considerations concerning student knowledge of the economic crisis

Economics education in Europe

  • Comparative analysis of economics education in the European Union

  • European cooperation in economics education

  • EU policy as a topic in economics education

Economics education in general

  • New findings and concepts in economics and business studies with relevance for economics education

  • Methodological innovations in economics education

  • Best practice examples in economics education

  • Theoretical foundations of economics education

  • Economics education and education policy

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Conference Publication

We are planning to publish a selection of full papers after an anonymous review procedure in a special issue “Crisis and Economic Education in Europe” of the Social Science Education Journal (JSSE)

Also contributions presenting economics education in specific countries (as good practise, case studies or country reports) are highly welcome for the rubrics without the anonymous review process.

The special issue will be edited by Jürgen Schlösser and Birgit Weber.