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  • William E. Becker

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    (Indiana University)

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The author addresses what is versus what should be taught in economics at the tertiary level and the way economics is taught versus how it should be taught. He argues that we need to assist students in recognizing the shortcomings of simplistic analyses of old before students rightly dismiss them as irrelevant and then wrongly dismiss all of economics as extraneous to modern day life. We need to bring the innovations in the science of economics into our teaching of economics. Similarly, we need to move beyond the outdated chalk and talk lecture methods to the active learning techniques made available by experimental economics, games and simulations, and the internet.

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Article provided by Economics Network, University of Bristol in its journal International Review of Economics Education.

Volume (Year): 3 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 52-62

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Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:3:y:2004:i:1:p:52-62

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  1. Dr. Mohammad Alauddin & Professor John Foster, 2005. "Teaching Economics at the University Level: Dynamics of Parameters and Implications," Discussion Papers Series 339, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  2. Norton Grubb, W., 1995. "Postsecondary education and the sub-baccalaureate labor market: Corrections and extensions," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 14(3), pages 285-299, September.
  3. David Wilson & William Dixon, 2009. "Performing Economics: A Critique of 'Teaching and Learning'," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 8(2), pages 91-105.
  4. Wayne Geerling, 2011. "Evaluating Robert Franks Economic Naturalist Writing Assignment," Working Papers 2011.03, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  5. Wayne Geerling, 2011. "Using Multimedia to Teach Economics," Working Papers 2011.02, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  6. Becker, William E., 2007. "Quit lying and address the controversies: there are no dogmata, laws, rules or standards in the science of economics," MPRA Paper 39958, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Elsa Galarza & Marianne Johnson, 2007. "Internationalizing Intermediate Microeconomics: Collaborative Case Studies and Web-based learning," Working Papers 07-16, Departamento de Economía, Universidad del Pacífico, revised Jul 2007.
  8. Becker, William E. & Becker, Suzanne R., 2011. "Potpourri: reflections from husband/wife academic editors," MPRA Paper 39956, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Robert Garnett & KimMarie McGoldrick, 2011. "Big Think: A Model for Critical Inquiry in Economics Courses," Working Papers 201101, Texas Christian University, Department of Economics.
  10. Becker, William E., 2004. "Good-byE old, hello new in teaching economics," Australasian Journal of Economics Education (AJEE), University of Queensland, School of Economics, vol. 1(1), pages 5-17, March.
  11. Ming Fai Pang & Cedric Linder & Duncan Fraser, 2006. "Beyond Lesson Studies and Design Experiments: Using theoretical tools in practice and finding out how they work," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 5(1), pages 28-45.
  12. repec:qld:uq2004:437 is not listed on IDEAS

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