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Semester, Trimester or Block Plan? Retention of Economics Principles by Undergraduates on Alternative Curricular Structures


Daniel K. N. Johnson


Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Kristina M. Lybecker


Colorado College - Department of Economics & Business

Corrine H. Taylor


Wellesley College

August 13, 2008

Colorado College Working Paper No. 2008-07

Abstract:     
This paper investigates whether the curricular structure of an Economics course (semester, trimester, or compressed block schedule) has an effect on an undergraduate's subsequent retention of course material. We test separately for theoretical/process comprehension and for graphical construction/interpretation, while separating micro from macro content as well. We use an instrument to address the no stakes testing problem, and our Heckman two-stage estimations present some interesting results for educators and institutional policymakers alike.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: education, curriculum, knowledge, retention, liberal arts, college, principles, low-stakes testing, heckman

JEL Classification: A22

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Date posted: August 14, 2008 ; Last revised: October 28, 2008

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Johnson, Daniel K. N. and Lybecker, Kristina M. and Taylor, Corrine H., Semester, Trimester or Block Plan? Retention of Economics Principles by Undergraduates on Alternative Curricular Structures (August 13, 2008). Colorado College Working Paper No. 2008-07. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1224522 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1224522

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Daniel Kent Neil Johnson (Contact Author)
Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
719-389-6654 (Phone)
719-389-6927 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://faculty1.coloradocollege.edu/~djohnson
Kristina M. Lybecker
Colorado College - Department of Economics & Business ( email )
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
719-389-6445 (Phone)
719-389-6927 (Fax)
Corrine H. Taylor
Wellesley College ( email )
106 Central St.
Wellesley, MA 02181
United States
781-283-2152 (Phone)
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