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Pluralism and Economic Education: a Learning Theory Approach

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  • Janice Peterson

    (California State University, Fresno)

  • KimMarie McGoldrick

    (University of Richmond)

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Preparing students to participate in social and economic life after graduation is a widely held goal of economics instructors. How that goal is achieved and interpretations of what is a relevant skill, however, are a source of debate, covering both content coverage and pedagogical practices. This paper argues that a more pluralistic approach to both course content and pedagogy is fundamental for better preparing economics students for the world, and that learning theory is an integral component of understanding how to design practices to achieve desired outcomes.

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  • Janice Peterson & KimMarie McGoldrick, 2009. "Pluralism and Economic Education: a Learning Theory Approach," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 8(2), pages 72-90.
  • Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:8:y:2009:i:2:p:72-90
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    1. Nina Banks & Geoffrey Schneider & Paul Susman, 2005. "Paying the Bills Is Not Just Theory: Service Learning about a Living Wage," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 37(3), pages 346-356, September.
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    4. Zohreh Emami, 2013. "Teaching and learning for economic life," Chapters, in: Deborah M. Figart & Tonia L. Warnecke (ed.), Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life, chapter 6, pages 77-90, Edward Elgar Publishing.
    5. Robert F. Garnett & Jack Reardon, 2011. "Pluralism in Economics Education," Chapters, in: Gail M. Hoyt & KimMarie McGoldrick (ed.), International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 23, Edward Elgar Publishing.
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