Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

Teaching Large Classes: Overcoming the Myths

Contents:

Author Info

  • Herbert, Debra
  • Chalmers, Denise
  • Hannam, Rachel

    (Teaching and Educational Development Institute, University of Queensland)

Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    Undergraduate (particularly first year) economics courses often service a variety of related programs (e.g. business, commerce, accounting, journalism and social science) and have very large enrolments. Research examining undergraduate economics teaching practices undertaken in the mid-1990s reports that the traditional principles used in undergraduate economics courses focus on the lecture format, where students are assigned reading topics and the teacher provides oral lectures and visual illustrations to supplement those readings. In addition, research has indicated that the lack of cooperative learning techniques in large economics courses compared to other disciplines may be one reason why students are abandoning economics as a major. This paper discusses some of the recent findings regarding teaching and learning in large classes, with particular reference to the discipline of economics--what are the major issues facing teachers and students? Which strategies for teaching large economics classes are successful, and why? Such questions are discussed in conjunction with examples of alternative lecturing methods, and the application of different student-centred techniques such as collaborative problem-solving, web-based resources and activities, and small group student-to-student interaction. These will help outline the benefits of using alternative teaching practices in teaching economics in large classes; including motivating and stimulating students in their learning and assisting students to develop self-paced learning in large classes.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: http://eap-journal.com/archive/v33_i1_8.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

    Volume (Year): 33 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 103-117

    as in new window
    Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v:33:y:2003:i:1:p:103-117

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: GPO Box 2434, BRISBANE QLD 4001
    Email:
    Web page: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/economic-analysis-and-policy/
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords: Economics Teaching; Economics;

    Find related papers by JEL classification:

    References

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    Citations

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v:33:y:2003:i:1:p:103-117. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Manuela Torgler).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.