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Using Multimedia to Teach Economics


  • Wayne Geerling

    () (Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University)


This article examines the pedagogical benefits of using multimedia in the teaching of economics at an undergraduate level, then provides an example from my own teaching to serve as a reference for lecturers interested in creating an interactive learning environment, which prompts genuine two-way discussion in the classroom and produces better learning outcomes for students. The final section ties in the use of multimedia with broader debates among economists about the appropriate level of government intervention in the economy. The paper concludes by arguing that the use of multimedia has strong pedagogical advantages in stimulating greater student engagement and helping to rectify the image of economics in the wider community. Lecturers interested in using multimedia in their teaching will find an extensive list of web resources at the end of this paper.

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  • Wayne Geerling, 2011. "Using Multimedia to Teach Economics," Working Papers 2011.02, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ltr:wpaper:2011.02

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    1. W. Lee Hansen & Michael K. Salemi & John J. Siegfried, 2002. "Use It or Lose It: Teaching Literacy in the Economics Principles Course," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(2), pages 463-472, May.
    2. Robert Lawson & Joshua Hall & G. Dirk Mateer, 2008. "From Abba to Zeppelin, Led: Using Music to Teach Economics," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(1), pages 107-107, January.
    3. Robert A. Lawson, 2006. "Teaching Economic Principles With Comic Strips," Journal of Private Enterprise, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, vol. 22(Fall 2006), pages 168-176.
    4. William E. Becker & Michael Watts, 2001. "Teaching Economics at the Start of the 21st Century: Still Chalk-and-Talk," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(2), pages 446-451, May.
    5. Becker, William E & Watts, Michael, 1996. "Chalk and Talk: A National Survey on Teaching Undergraduate Economics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 86(2), pages 448-453, May.
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    7. Joshua C. Hall & Robert A. Lawson & J. Dirk Mateer & Andrew Rice, 2008. "Teaching Private Enterprise Through Tunes: An Abecedarium of Music for Economists," Journal of Private Enterprise, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, vol. 23(Spring 20), pages 157-166.
    8. Joshua Hall, 2005. "Homer Economicus : Using The Simpsons to Teach Economics," Journal of Private Enterprise, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, vol. 20(Spring 20), pages 166-177.
    9. G. Dirk Mateer & Herman Li, 2008. "Movie Scenes for Economics," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(3), pages 303-303, July.
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    economic education; multimedia; student engagement; everyday economics; pedagogy EDIRC Provider-Institution: RePEc:edi:smlatau;

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    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate


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