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Teaching economics in a changing university environment: Some Australian experience


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  • Mohammad Alauddin
  • James E. Butler


The environment for teaching Economics in Australian universities has undergone profound changes. The factors involved are well known: changing public policy goals, market expansion, internationalization, working to study, and an increasingly diverse clientele. This study investigates various changing aspects in the teaching of Economics. Questionnaire and interview data were collected from three stakeholders: students (the consumer), lecturers (the supplier), and Heads of Schools and the Executive Dean (the administrator). Effective communication, clarity of lecture notes, good acoustics, ability to focus on the theme, personality, ability to illustrate with examples were identified by students and staff as essential indicators of good teaching. The study derives some implications: expanding the Faculty Student Resource Centre; flexible and extended consultation hours; and English language support system.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal International Journal of Social Economics.

Volume (Year): 31 (2004)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
Pages: 706-720

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Handle: RePEc:eme:ijsepp:v:31:y:2004:i:7:p:706-720

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Keywords: Australia; Curricula; Economics; Teaching methods; Universities;


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  1. Mohammad Alauddin & Clem Tisdell, 2007. "Factors That Affect Teaching Scores in Economics Instruction: Analysis of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) Data," Discussion Papers Series 353, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  2. 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.
  3. Alauddin, Mohammad & Foster, John, 2007. "Teaching Economics in a Changing Environment: The Case of Introductory Postgraduate Economic Statistics," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 37(2), pages 187-204, September.
  4. Dr. Mohammad Alauddin & Professor John Foster, 2005. "Heterogenous clientele and product differentiation: teaching economics in a changing environment," Discussion Papers Series 340, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.


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