Designing and Evaluating Effectiveness of Research-Led Teaching Model for Graduate Microeconomics Course

33 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2010

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Duygu Yengin

University of Adelaide - Department of Economics

Ilker Yengin

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - Department of Teaching Learning & Teacher Education

Date Written: October 21, 2010

Abstract

In order to establish a culture of inquiry and re-shape teaching from a product-based to a process-based approach, an advanced microeconomics course for post-graduate students in an Australian University was designed using a research-led teaching model. The expected outcomes from this model are three-fold: to relate the theoretical knowledge to application by teaching the content of research done in the field and to teach the internal and external processes of research. After implementing research-led teaching model into the course, formative evaluation of its effectiveness was conducted following The Kirkpatrick’s (1996) evaluation model. Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) survey, student verbal and written feedback in a focus group survey was used to measure students’ attitudes; Intrinsic Motivation Inventory was used to measure students’ motivation and students exam scores were used to measure achievement levels. Results indicate that students found the research-led teaching model motivating; they enjoyed the activities and found the incorporation of research related tasks as useful. These results show that application of a wide variety of teaching strategies to support the research-teaching link is a promising strategy to inspire the students about research and provide them with necessary skills.

Suggested Citation

Yengin, Duygu and Yengin, Ilker, Designing and Evaluating Effectiveness of Research-Led Teaching Model for Graduate Microeconomics Course (October 21, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1701369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1701369

Duygu Yengin (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - Department of Economics ( email )

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Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

Ilker Yengin

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - Department of Teaching Learning & Teacher Education ( email )

Lincoln, NE 68588
United States
402-484-1094 (Phone)

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