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The Educational Value of the College Fed Challenge

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  • Vera Brusentsev


    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

  • Jeffrey Miller


    (Department of Economics,University of Delaware)

The College Fed Challenge, a competition between undergraduate students from different colleges and universities, is designed to enhance the development of research, critical thinking, and presentation skills. This paper analyzes the value of the competition as an instrument for improving undergraduate economics education. We present results from surveys of (a) students who participated in one district in November 2010 and (b) graduates from the University of Delaware who participated in past years. The results reflect the impressive effect on student learning outcomes. We conclude that the visibility of the College Fed Challenge can be an important factor in determining its impact and that the competition could conceivably have a significant and positive impact on economics education in the United States.

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Paper provided by University of Delaware, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 11-07.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 2011
Handle: RePEc:dlw:wpaper:11-07.
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  1. David Colander & KimMarie McGoldrick, 2009. "The Teagle Foundation Report: The Economics Major as Part of a Liberal Education," Chapters,in: Educating Economists, chapter 1 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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