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
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Wellesley College
August 13, 2008
Colorado College Working Paper No. 2008-07
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
Date posted: August 14, 2008 ; Last revised: October 28, 2008
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