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Teaching Economics

More Alternatives to Chalk and Talk Edited by William E. Becker, Professor of Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington, US, Adjunct Professor, School of Commerce, University of South Australia and Editor, Journal of Economic Education and Editor, Economic Research Network Educator, Michael Watts, Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Economic Education, Purdue University, US and Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Education and Suzanne R. Becker, Assistant Editor, Journal of Economic Education
This fascinating sequel to the 1998 Teaching Economics to Undergraduates provides more alternatives to the lecture and chalkboard approach that dominates university economics teaching. Distinguished contributing authors provide a wide range of innovative teaching techniques and examples aimed at more effectively engaging undergraduates in the learning of economics.
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Education
  • Methodology of Economics
  • Teaching Economics
  • Education
  • Economics of Education
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching Methods in Economics
This fascinating sequel to the 1998 Teaching Economics to Undergraduates provides more alternatives to the lecture and chalkboard approach that dominates university economics teaching. Distinguished contributing authors provide a wide range of innovative teaching techniques and examples aimed at more effectively engaging undergraduates in the learning of economics.

New topics covered in this volume include game theory, using active learning techniques in large classes, a streamlined content agenda for macroeconomic principles, distance learning, and assessment of student learning. Other chapters revisit topics from the first volume, though often from different perspectives or with new approaches provided by different authors. Topics covered in these chapters include cooperative
learning techniques, using technology in the classroom (including dozens of websites), bringing the work of the Nobel Laureates into undergraduate classes, and teaching with experimental economics, case studies, or team writing assignments and presentations.

Teaching Economics is an invaluable and practical tool for teachers of economics, administrators responsible for undergraduate instruction and graduate students who are just beginning to teach. Each chapter includes specific teaching tips for classroom implementation and summary lists of dos and don’ts for instructors who are thinking of moving beyond the lecture method of traditional chalk and talk.
‘This book is crammed with useful ideas which can be implemented in a variety of courses. . . This reviewer recommends the addition of TE to the bookshelf of anyone interested in incorporating active learning methods in the economics classroom, as well as those who have taken the plunge without the benefit of a similar volume.’
– Robert S. Gazzale, Journal of Economic Literature

‘This must sit alongside the previous volume as an essential source of teaching strategies for the thoughtful economist. Becker and Watts have succeeded again in providing a book which should push the profession forward in its thinking as well as its practice in teaching a new generation of economists.’
– Peter Davies, University of Staffordshire, UK and Co-Editor, International Review of Economics Education

Acclaim for Teaching Economics to Undergraduates:

‘Teaching Economics to Undergraduates deserves a prominent spot on the bookshelves of all economists who are interested in improving the effectiveness of their teaching, especially those with important undergraduate teaching responsibilities. Following an introductory essay, 11 chapters provide very specific ideas of new ways to structure one’s teaching. Each chapter also contains a useful list of "dos and don’ts" that adds to their effectiveness.’
– Craig Swan, Journal of Economic Education

‘It should prove most helpful and beneficial to anyone who has a desire to be more innovative in the way he or she teaches economics to undergraduates, for this reason I give this book an enthusiastic thumbs up! . . . I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone contemplating changing his or
her style of teaching undergraduate economics.’
– Richard J. Torz, Eastern Economic Journal

‘Almost every instructor reading this book will gain some valuable, low-cost, new ideas to supplement their courses.’
– R.M. Whaples, Choice

‘The editors and authors are outstanding teachers who have thought a great deal about how to make economics accessible to students with a wide range of learning styles. This systematic treatment of the subject will be extremely valuable for those who want to make their classrooms creative learning laboratories and for those who are trying to develop effective teaching and learning tools. I heartily recommend this work to all serious teachers of economics.’
– Michael Parkin, University of Western Ontario, Canada

‘Recent years have witnessed a decline in the numbers of students studying economics in colleges and universities, not just in the USA but all over Europe. Some say that this is the result of the kind of subject economics has become: excessively technical, ever more mathematical. Perhaps so but in that case, it is even more important than ever to teach economics better, more effectively, more interestingly. Here is a book that looks critically at different ways of achieving that. It represents a substantial contribution to economics education.’
– The late Mark Blaug, formerly of the University of London and University of Buckingham, UK
Contributors: R.L. Bartlett, S.R. Becker, W.E. Becker, G. Bredon, S. Buckles, J.A. Carlson, A. Dixit, W.L. Goffe, W.H. Greene, D. Hazlett, G.M. Hoyt, P.E. Kennedy, M. Shanahan, K. Sosin, A. Velenchik, W.B. Walstad, M. Watts
Contents: Preface 1. Restoring Fun to Game Theory 2. Using Classroom Experiments to Teach Economics 3. The Evolution of Cooperative Learning and Economics Instruction 4. Using the Case Method in the Economics Classroom 5. Using Active Learning Techniques in Large Lecture Classes 6. The Macroeconomics Principles Course: What Should Be Done? 7. Using the Internet and Computer Technology to Teach Economics 8. Teaching and Learning Economics at a Distance 9. Team Term Papers and Presentations 10. Using the Nobel Laureates in Economics to Teach Quantitative Methods 11. Assessment of Student Learning in Economics Index