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Stuck Behind the Math: Just How Helpful Can One Expect Technology to be in the Economics Classroom?


  • Frank Raymond

    (Bellarmine University)

  • Anne Raymond

    (Bellarmine University)

  • Myra McCrickard

    () (Bellarmine University)


This paper studies the efficacy and motivation for using technology when explaining mathematical concepts in economics pedagogy. It links practice with theory by examining the use of technology in light of current literature on active and cooperative learning in economics in conjunction with extensive research in mathematics education concerning the effectiveness of technology in teaching. Suggestions on how to implement teaching strategies with computer technology are discussed within the context of the computer algebra system, Maple. A variety of specific applications using Maple technology are provided in an online appendix.

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  • Frank Raymond & Anne Raymond & Myra McCrickard, 2008. "Stuck Behind the Math: Just How Helpful Can One Expect Technology to be in the Economics Classroom?," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 7(1), pages 62-102.
  • Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:7:y:2008:i:1:p:62-102

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    1. William L. Goffe & Kim Sosin, 2005. "Teaching with Technology: May You Live in Interesting Times," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(3), pages 278-291, July.
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    5. William E. Becker, 1997. "Teaching Economics to Undergraduates," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 35(3), pages 1347-1373, September.
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