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Teaching Economic Literacy: Why, What and How

  • Michael K. Salemi


    (University of North Carolina)

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    Instructors typically design the first course in economics to provide students a foundation on which to base further study and, to that end, include many topics in the course. An alternative goal for the first course is to provide students with a self-contained opportunity to attain a deeper understanding and working knowledge of a short list of economics concepts. In this paper, I define economic literacy, explain why the first economics course should target economic literacy, provide suggestions as to which topics should be dropped from the literacy-targeted course, and explain how to use reclaimed class time to promote economic literacy.

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    Article provided by Economics Network, University of Bristol in its journal International Review of Economics Education.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 46-57

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    Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:4:y:2005:i:2:p:46-57
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