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Learning from physics education research: Lessons for economics education

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  • Simkins, Scott P.
  • Maier, Mark H.

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We believe that economists have much to learn from educational research practices and related pedagogical innovations in other disciplines, in particular physics education. In this paper we identify three key features of physics education research that distinguish it from economics education research - (1) the intentional grounding of physics education research in learning science principles, (2) a shared conceptual research framework focused on how students learn physics concepts, and (3) a cumulative process of knowledge-building in the discipline - and describe their influence on new teaching pedagogies, instructional activities, and curricular design in physics education. In addition, we highlight four specific examples of successful pedagogical innovations drawn from physics education - context-rich problems, concept tests, just-in-time teaching, and interactive lecture demonstrations - and illustrate how these practices can be adapted for economic education.

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  • Simkins, Scott P. & Maier, Mark H., 2008. "Learning from physics education research: Lessons for economics education," MPRA Paper 9314, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:9314
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    1. Myra H. Strober & Allen Cook & Kasi Allen Fuller, 1997. "Making and Correcting Errors in Student Economic Analyses: An Examination of Videotapes," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(3), pages 255-271, September.
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    3. William E. Becker, 1997. "Teaching Economics to Undergraduates," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 35(3), pages 1347-1373, September.
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    1. Scott Simkins, 2011. "Using Just-in-Time Teaching to Promote Student Learning in Economics," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 9 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    economic education; physics education research (PER); research-based teaching; preconceptions; metacognition; transfer; context-rich problems; peer instruction; just-in-time teaching; interactive lecture demonstration;

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    • A2 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics

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