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Economics Teaching in Australian Universities: Rewards and Outcomes


  • Guest, Ross
  • Duhs, Alan


This paper presents evidence from two surveys to help explain the poor ratings consistently given to the teaching of economics at Australian universities. The evidence suggests that the poor ratings of economics teaching can be attributed to two related factors: inappropriate pedagogical practices and lack of rewards for allocating additional time to teaching. The survey data on pedagogy in economics consist of 205 responses from graduates from two Queensland universities. The time elapsed since graduation ranges from 1 to 10 years. The survey data on academics' time allocation consist of 290 responses from academic economists across a wide range of Australian universities. Copyright 2002 by The Economic Society of Australia.

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  • Guest, Ross & Duhs, Alan, 2002. "Economics Teaching in Australian Universities: Rewards and Outcomes," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 78(241), pages 147-160, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:78:y:2002:i:241:p:147-60

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    1. Alan Duhs & Ross Guest, 2011. "Economics Education in Australia," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 72 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Tim Thornton, 2013. "The Narrowing of the Australian University Economics Curriculum: An Analysis of the Problem and a Proposed Solution," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 89, pages 106-114, June.
    3. Ross Guest, 2013. "Towards Learning Standards in Economics in Australia," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 32(1), pages 51-66, March.
    4. Cynthia L. Harter & William E. Becker & Michael Watts, 2011. "Time Allocations and Reward Structures for US Academic Economists from 1955–2005: Evidence from Three National Surveys," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 10(2), pages 6-27.
    5. 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.
    6. Ross Guest, 2009. "Seeking the elusive town and gown dialogue: the inaugural Australian Economic Forum," Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics, vol. 16(4), pages 107-116.

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