Teaching Economics to Undergraduates: Alternatives to Chalk and Talk

Teaching Economics to Undergraduates: Alternatives to Chalk and Talk

By: Michael Watts (editor), William E. Becker (editor)Hardback

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This book demonstrates alternatives to the lecture and chalkboard approach that dominates the teaching of economics, providing a range of innovative teaching techniques and examples aimed at engaging undergraduates in the learning of economics. The editors provide a brief history of the teaching of economics in higher education, as well as a review of current undergraduate teaching practices. Some of the field's leading educators then demonstrate alternative practices in three main sections: `Active and Cooperative Learning', `Writing, the Internet, and Discovery Through Sampling', and `Examples from the World Around Us'. The topics in the twelve chapters of the book have been carefully selected based on their high potential for adoption by other instructors. Detailed, `hands-on' examples are included within each chapter, illustrating how suggested approaches can be used in different courses and classroom situations at the undergraduate level. Also included are lists of `Dos' and `Dont's' to guide instructors through the successful implementation of activities. This book will be of great practical value to teachers of economics as well as administrators responsible for undergraduate instruction.

About Author

Edited by William E. Becker, Professor of Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington, US, Adjunct Professor, School of Commerce, University of South Australia and Editor, Journal of Economic Education and Editor, Economic Research Network Educator and Michael Watts, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Economic Education, Purdue University, US and Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Education With a Foreword by the late William J. Baumol


Contents: Foreword by William J. Baumol 1. Teaching Economics: What Was, Is, and Could Be Part I: Active and Cooperative Learning 2. Making Cooperative Learning Work in Economics Classes 3. Gender and Active Learning 4. Student Decision Making as Active Learning Part II: Writing, the Internet, and Discovery Through Sampling 5. Integrating the Practice of Writing Into Economics Instruction 6. Using the Internet and Computer Technology to Teach Economics 7. Using Monte Carlo Studies for Teaching Econometrics Part III: Examples from the World Around Us 8. Using Sports to Teach Economics 9. Using Literature and Drama in Undergraduate Economics Courses 10. Acceptance Speeches by the Nobel Laureates in Economics 11. Using Cases as an Effective Active Learning Technique 12. Engaging Students in Quantitative Analysis with the Academic and Popular Press

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781858989723
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781858989723
  • ISBN10: 1858989728

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