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The Teaching of First Year Economics in Australian Universities

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  • Nilss Olekalns

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This paper surveys current pedagogical practice in the teaching of introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics in Australian universities. Survey results are presented detailing lecturers’ approaches to their teaching over 2001 and other aspects of their teaching environment. A comparison of the content and methodology of the main textbooks used in Australian introductory economic courses is also presented.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 848.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:848

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  1. Millmow, Ale, 2003. "The Teaching of Economics in Schools: A Problem in the Making?," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 33(1), pages 126-135, March.

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