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A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Class: Using ECONShots to Teach Economics

Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani, Northern Kentucky University - Department of Economics and Finance
James Raymond Bruehler, Independent
Linda Ghent, Eastern Illinois University - Department of Economics
Kim Holder, University of West Georgia


ECONOMICS EDUCATOR: COURSES, CASES & TEACHING eJOURNAL

"A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Class: Using ECONShots to Teach Economics" 

ABDULLAH A. AL-BAHRANI, Northern Kentucky University - Department of Economics and Finance
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JAMES RAYMOND BRUEHLER, Independent
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LINDA GHENT, Eastern Illinois University - Department of Economics
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KIM HOLDER, University of West Georgia
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Evidence of the health benefits of laughter is overwhelming and recent research highlights the connection between student sentiment and their subsequent receptiveness to learning and engagement. By leveraging the power of humor in the classroom, educators can decrease stress, increase student-teacher communication, and teach their students the essentials of economics in an impactful and memorable way. ECONShots, our collection of snapshots of standup comedians with quotes relevant to economics, provides an opportunity for students to connect with the theories, terms, and concepts that are common to both economics and everyday life. All ECONShots are indexed for ease of use. Embed codes provide nearly effortless integration into lecture slides, learning management systems, and social media tools, providing a distinctive avenue for learning economics that will make a lasting impression.

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Economics Educator: Courses, Cases & Teaching eJournal

SAM ANTHONY ALLGOOD
Associate Professor of Economics, University of Nebraska at Lincoln - Department of Economics

WILLIAM L. GOFFE
Associate Professor of Economics, SUNY Oswego - Department of Economics

PAUL W. GRIMES
Dean, Kelce College of Business, Pittsburg State University, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Mississippi State University - College of Business

KIMMARIE MCGOLDRICK
Professor of Economics, University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

MICHAEL W. WATTS
Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education, Purdue University - Department of Economics