Teaching Principles of Microeconomics

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Teaching Principles of Microeconomics

9781800374621 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mark Maier, Professor of Economics, Glendale Community College and Phil Ruder, Professor of Economics, Pacific University, US
Publication Date: 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 462 1 Extent: 292 pp
Abundant with practical advice and ready-to-use teaching examples, this dynamic guide will help both new and experienced instructors of Principles of Microeconomics to reconsider and refine their courses. Mark Maier and Phil Ruder assemble the wisdom of 25 eminent scholars of economic education on how best to introduce students to the discipline and inspire a long-lasting passion for microeconomics.

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Abundant with practical advice and ready-to-use teaching examples, this dynamic guide will help both new and experienced instructors of Principles of Microeconomics to reconsider and refine their courses. Mark Maier and Phil Ruder assemble the wisdom of 25 eminent scholars of economic education on how best to introduce students to the discipline and inspire a long-lasting passion for microeconomics.

Beyond offering guidance to educators on how to improve students’ learning experience, the book proposes measures for addressing many of the vexing challenges that face the economics discipline today. Chapters provide suggestions on (1) how to capture students’ attention and ensure their continued engagement, (2) including course content that focuses on important public policy topics and pressing issues within modern society, (3) adopting evidence-based pedagogical strategies in the classroom and online, and (4) tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the discipline. The ideas advanced in this illuminating guide highlight the possibility of continued improvement throughout one’s teaching career.

The jargon-free advice in this insightful teaching guide will also be of interest to deans, teaching and learning center directors, and other administrators of undergraduate institutions.
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‘Maier and Ruder compile a valuable collection that will have broad appeal to educators interested in rethinking their approach to the Principles of Microeconomics courses. It distinguishes itself from existing volumes in that it includes multiple paradigms, explores updating content, and brings issues of diversity and inclusion to the forefront. Chapters reviewing more traditional pedagogies (such as cooperative learning and experiments) are presented with a fresh perspective and complemented with chapters describing newer approaches (using social media).’
– KimMarie McGoldrick, University of Richmond, US

‘Maier and Ruder provide an essential guide to those who are interested in revising the syllabus for Introductory Microeconomics. It provides concrete suggestions for course focus, course content, and pedagogy. The component essays are well researched, well written, and challenge the reader to consider a variety of alternatives to “chalk and talk.”’
– Michael K. Salemi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US

‘Want to become a better teacher of economics? Mark Maier and Phil Ruder, along with an all-star set of contributors, reimagine introductory economics. Dive in, soak up all of the wisdom, and cleanse yourself from 20th century misconceptions of how and what to teach.’
– Dirk Mateer, University of Texas at Austin, US
Contributors
Contributors: Abdullah Al-Bahrani, Belinda Archibong, Humberto Barreto, Olivia Bobrownicki, George Cusack, Tisha L.N. Emerson, Nathan D. Grawe, Steven Greenlaw, Simon D. Halliday, Gail M. Hoyt, Jennifer Imazeki, Pratistha Joshi Rajkarnikar, Mary J. Lopez, Fernando Lozano, Mark Maier, Emily C. Marshall, Martha Olney, Darshak Patel, Jack Reardon, Phil Ruder, Geoff Schneider, Rajiv Sethi, Brandon Sheridan, Scott P. Simkins, Wendy Stock, Erin A. Yetter, Homa Zarghamee
Contents
Contents:

1 Improving the Principles of Microeconomics course 1
Phil Ruder and Mark Maier

PART I TRADITIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES
2 The deep work of teaching essential Microeconomic Principles 8
Gail M. Hoyt
3 Considerations for the textbook selection process in
Principles of Microeconomics 25
Erin A. Yetter
4 Asynchronicity, access, and content: teaching economics
in a shifting landscape 44
Belinda Archibong, Olivia Bobrownicki, Rajiv Sethi, and
Homa Zarghamee
5 The issues approach to teaching Principles of Microeconomics 59
Wendy A. Stock
6 Revising the traditional Microeconomics course: engaging
students via problem-based, positive, paradigmatic pluralism 74
Geoffrey E. Schneider

PART II UPDATING COURSE CONTENT
7 Where is the “behavioral” in Introductory Microeconomics? 88
Simon D. Halliday and Emily C. Marshall
8 Suggestions for incorporating sustainability into Principles
of Microeconomics 108
Jack Reardon

PART III INCLUSIVE TEACHING
9 Promoting inclusivity in Principles of Microeconomics 124
Jennifer Imazeki
10 Creating an anti-racist pedagogy in Principles of Microeconomics 136
Mary J. Lopez and Fernando Lozano
11 Feminist approaches in the Introductory Microeconomics course 152
Pratistha Joshi Rajkarnikar
12 Promoting gender diversity in Introductory Microeconomics 166
Martha Olney

PART IV PEDAGOGY
13 Writing in the Introductory Microeconomics course 180
Nathan D. Grawe and George Cusack
14 Taking advantage of structured peer interaction:
cooperative learning in the Principles of Microeconomics course 202
Scott P. Simkins, Mark Maier, and Phil Ruder
15 Teaching with experiments in the Introductory
Microeconomics course 217
Tisha L.N. Emerson
16 Teaching the Introductory Microeconomics course with
social media 230
Abdullah Al-Bahrani, Darshak Patel, and Brandon Sheridan
17 Teaching Introductory Microeconomics online 243
Steven Greenlaw
18 Using Excel to teach Principles of Microeconomics 257
Humberto Barreto

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