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The Effect of Classroom Games on Student Learning and Instructor Evaluations

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  • Cebula, Richard
  • Toma, Michael

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Assuming that instructors of economics are utility maximizers, they may find it useful to engage in classroom behavior that is likely to generate favorable outcomes with respect to student course evaluations. This is especially true if student course evaluations are used in assessing teaching effectiveness for tenure, promotion, and salary decisions. In this paper, we present evidence that the use of a classroom gaming exercise can raise instructor evaluations and enhance student learning outcomes. The tests are conducted in a framework that indirectly controls for grade inflation and considers student attendance and grade expectations as other sources of influence on instructor evaluation ratings.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 55404.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2000
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economics and Finance Education 2.1(2002): pp. 1-10
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:55404

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Keywords: economic education; pedagogical approaches; classroom games; student performance; instructor evaluation;

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  1. David Romer, 1993. "Do Students Go to Class? Should They?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 7(3), pages 167-174, Summer.
  2. Charles A. Holt, 1999. "Teaching Economics with Classroom Experiments: A Symposium," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 65(3), pages 603-610, January.
  3. Durden, Garey C & Ellis, Larry V, 1995. "The Effects of Attendance on Student Learning in Principles of Economics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 85(2), pages 343-46, May.
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  1. Gerald Eisenkopf & Pascal Sulser, 2013. "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Teaching Methods: Do Classroom Experiments improve Economic Education in High Schools?," TWI Research Paper Series, Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut, Universität Konstanz 80, Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut, Universität Konstanz.

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