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Teaching and Assessment Methods in Undergraduate Economics: A Fourth National Quinquennial Survey


  • Michael Watts
  • Georg Schaur


Surveys in 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010 investigated teaching and assessment methods in different undergraduate courses. In this article, the authors offer basic results from the 2010 survey. “Chalk and talk” remains the dominant teaching style, but there were drops in mean (although not median) values for those pedagogies and some growth in the use of other methods, including class discussion and computer-generated displays. More instructors provided students with problem sets and class notes, and computer lab assignments were increasingly common in econometrics and statistics courses. Experiments are occasionally used in introductory courses but almost never used in other courses. Calculus is not viewed as important by a majority of instructors in any courses but is considered more important in intermediate theory and statistics and econometrics courses.

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  • Michael Watts & Georg Schaur, 2011. "Teaching and Assessment Methods in Undergraduate Economics: A Fourth National Quinquennial Survey," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(3), pages 294-309, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:42:y:2011:i:3:p:294-309 DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2011.581956

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    1. Todd Kaplan, 2006. "Why banks should keep secrets," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 27(2), pages 341-357, January.
    2. Shy Oz & Stenbacka Rune, 2008. "Rethinking the Roles of Banks: A Call for Narrow Banking," The Economists' Voice, De Gruyter, vol. 5(2), pages 1-4, June.
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    1. Jennifer Imazeki, 2015. "Getting Students to Do Economics: An Introduction to Team-Based Learning," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 21(4), pages 399-412, November.
    2. repec:kap:iaecre:v:21:y:2015:i:4:p:399-412 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Ken Rebeck & Carlos Asarta, 2011. "Methods of Assessment in the College Economics Course," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 16 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Ronald G. Ehrenberg, 2012. "American Higher Education in Transition," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 26(1), pages 193-216, Winter.
    5. Tawni Hunt Ferrarini & G. Dirk Mateer, 2014. "Multimedia Technology for the Next Generation," Journal of Private Enterprise, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, vol. 29(Spring 20), pages 129-139.
    6. William Bosshardt & Michael Watts & William E. Becker, 2013. "Course Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees in Economics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 103(3), pages 643-647, May.

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