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Fifteen Theses on Classroom Teaching


  • Kenneth G. Elzinga

    () (Department of Economics)


The Southern Economic Association initiated a lecture series on teaching to be presented at its annual meeting. This paper, given on November 24, 2000, was the first such lecture. The editor invited the author to publish the lecture in Southern Economic Journal. Portions of the paper are the fruits of the author's more than 30 years of experience teaching economics. Parts of the paper are based on writings regarding pedagogy outside the discipline of economics. The paper puts forward 15 theses about teaching economics in the classroom. The theses range from propositions about why economics is a particularly difficult subject to teach to suggestions about how the classroom teaching of economics can be improved.

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  • Kenneth G. Elzinga, 2001. "Fifteen Theses on Classroom Teaching," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 68(2), pages 249-257, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:68:2:y:2001:p:249-257

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    1. Phillip Saunders, 2011. "A history of economic education," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 1 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Carlos J. Asarta & Roger B. Butters & Andrew Perumal, 2013. "Success in Economics Major: Is it Path Dependent?," Working Papers 13-11, University of Delaware, Department of Economics.
    3. Karl E. Case, 2002. "Reconsidering Crucial Concepts in Micro Principles," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(2), pages 454-458, May.
    4. Daniel S. Hamermesh, 2002. "Microeconomic Principles Teaching Tricks," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(2), pages 449-453, May.
    5. Paul Dalziel, 2011. "Schumpeter's 'Vision' and the Teaching of Principles of Economics to Resource Students," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 10(2), pages 63-74.
    6. Dr. Mohammad Alauddin & Professor John Foster, 2005. "Heterogenous clientele and product differentiation: teaching economics in a changing environment," Discussion Papers Series 340, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
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