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An Examination of the Impact that Classroom Based Experiments have on Learning Economic Concepts

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  • David M. Mitchell

    (Missouri State University)

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This paper examines and extends the important pedagogical issue of whether using classroom based experiments to illustrate concepts such as supply and demand increases students’ knowledge and understanding of economics. Previous literature has only considered this in a single course whereas this work broadens the focus to both the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics course. Student understanding and knowledge was measured via the standardized Test of Understanding College Economics exam in conjunction with the individual courses’ final exam. Results indicate that there is not an improvement in either TUCE scores or the final exam score by students who were exposed to classroom experiments. Furthermore, there is some evidence that the experiments might actually lower an instructor’s student evaluations.

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  • David M. Mitchell, 2008. "An Examination of the Impact that Classroom Based Experiments have on Learning Economic Concepts," Journal of Economic Insight (formerly the Journal of Economics (MVEA)), Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 34(1), pages 21-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:34:y:2008:i:1:p:21-34
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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?," Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz 2013-17, Department of Economics, University of Konstanz.

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    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate

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