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Making Economic Principles Personal: Student Journals and Reflection Papers


  • Stephanie M. Brewer
  • James J. Jozefowicz


Abstract: The authors address two informal writing assignments implemented in introductory economics classes. One assignment involves students writing short reflection papers, and the other assignment involves students writing short journal entries for a designated period of time. Both assignments are designed to help students realize that economics is directly pertinent to their daily lives. Pedagogical issues related to both the benefits to students and the benefits and costs to faculty who implement the assignments are discussed. These assignments can provide beneficial insights to newer faculty members, who are adjusting to university and local community life, and contribute to developing new course material of perceived relevance to students.

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  • Stephanie M. Brewer & James J. Jozefowicz, 2006. "Making Economic Principles Personal: Student Journals and Reflection Papers," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(2), pages 202-216, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:37:y:2006:i:2:p:202-216 DOI: 10.3200/JECE.37.2.202-216

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    Cited by:

    1. Kristin Stowe, 2010. "A Quick Argument for Active Learning: The Effectiveness of One-Minute Papers," Journal for Economic Educators, Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center, vol. 10(1), pages 33-39, Summer.
    2. 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.

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