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A Student Learning Inventory for Economics Based on the Students' Experience of Learning: A Preliminary Study


  • Martin P. Shanahan
  • Jan H. F. Meyer


The authors present the initial development of a student learning inventory (SLI) that is specific to economics. This approach, which is based on the student experience of learning (SEL) literature, emphasizes aspects of prior knowledge in the learning history of entering first-year students. Preliminary insights from a first SLI suggest that on entry to university, students show considerable variation in their perceptions of what economics is and what economists do. From the SEL perspective, such variation affects student learning. It is argued that continued development of an economic-specific SLI may result in a better understanding of students' learning engagement with economics and ultimately assist instructors in better understanding student learning difficulties and increase student success in first-year economics.

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  • Martin P. Shanahan & Jan H. F. Meyer, 2001. "A Student Learning Inventory for Economics Based on the Students' Experience of Learning: A Preliminary Study," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(3), pages 259-267, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:32:y:2001:i:3:p:259-267
    DOI: 10.1080/00220480109596107

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    1. Prem Ramburuth & Rosina Mladenovic, 2004. "Exploring the relationship between students' orientations to learning, the structure of students' learning outcomes and subsequent academic performance," Accounting Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(4), pages 507-527.
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