Teaching Innovations in Economics: Strategies and Applications for Interactive Instruction

Teaching Innovations in Economics: Strategies and Applications for Interactive Instruction


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Teaching Innovations in Economics presents findings from the Teaching Innovations Program (TIP) funded by the National Science Foundation. The six-year project engaged economics professors in the use of interactive teaching in undergraduate economics courses. Each chapter offers an insightful explanation of an innovative teaching strategy and provides a description and examples of its effective use in undergraduate economics courses. The book’s conclusion assesses the results from an evaluation of the program that reports detailed findings on how TIP fundamentals have contributed to faculty development and successful outcomes.

The first three chapters of the book describe the results of TIP’s three phases: (1) workshops on teaching for college and university economics instructors that introduced them to a variety of interactive teaching strategies; (2) follow-on instructional modules that provided mentoring from interactive strategy experts and gave participants an opportunity to adapt and apply these strategies to their undergraduate economics courses; and (3) opportunities to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in economics, which involves sharing and discussing teaching innovations with other faculty members in presentations, papers, and other forums. The chapters following describe the seven interactive strategies featured in the project: cooperative learning, classroom experiments, interpretive discussion, formative assessment, context-rich problem solving, teaching with cases, and active learning in large-enrollment courses. These seven chapters were each written by a team of four economists, consisting of a strategy expert and three TIP participants who used the teaching strategy in their classrooms with students.

Written by economists and for economists, this is a valuable resource for all undergraduate economics instructors who seek to enrich their teaching and engage their students in employing economics theory and practice in the classroom and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857933317
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Edited by Michael K. Salemi, Professor of Economics and Department Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US and William B. Walstad, John T. and Mable M. Hay Professor of Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US

Table of Contents



John J. Siegfried


1. Developing Teacher Expertise for Economists through a Workshop Experience

Michael K. Salemi

2. Online Faculty Instruction to Improve Interactive Teaching of Economics

Mark Maier and Tisha L.N. Emerson

3. Advancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Economics

KimMarie McGoldrick

4. Making Cooperative Learning Effective for Economics

KimMarie McGoldrick, Robert Rebelein, Jennifer K. Rhoads and Sue Stockly

5. Conducting Experiments in the Economics Classroom

Denise Hazlett, Kathy A. Paulson Gjerde, José J. Vazquez-Cognet and Judith A. Smrha

6. Classroom Discussion

Michael K. Salemi, Kirsten Madden, Roisin O’Sullivan and Prathibha Joshi

7. Formative Assessment in Economics Courses

William B. Walstad, Michael Curme, Katherine Silz Carson and Indradeep Ghosh

8. Context-rich Problems in Economics

Mark Maier, Joann Bangs, Niels-Hugo Blunch and Brian Peterson

9. Case Use in Economics Instruction

Patrick Conway, Derek Stimel, Ann E. Davis and Monica Hartmann

10. Interactive Large Enrollment Economics Courses

Gail Hoyt, Mary Kassis, David Vera and Jennifer Imazeki

11. Findings from a Teaching Innovation Program for Economics Faculty

William B. Walstad


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