Semester, Trimester or Block Plan? Retention of Economics Principles by Undergraduates on Alternative Curricular Structures
Colorado College Working Paper No. 2008-07
41 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2008 Last revised: 28 Oct 2008
Date Written: August 13, 2008
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.
Keywords: education, curriculum, knowledge, retention, liberal arts, college, principles, low-stakes testing, heckman
JEL Classification: A22
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