Teaching the Economic Way of Thinking Through Op-Eds

19 Pages Posted: 17 May 2013

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Joshua C. Hall

West Virginia University

Marta Podemska-Mikluch

Gustavus Adolphus College

Date Written: May 16, 2013


There are many goals an instructor may wish to accomplish in a course on economic principles. For us the definitive goal is the generation of sensible and active members of a civil society. This is an ambitious goal: it requires that students internalize the economic way of thinking and learn to exercise active citizenry. After experimenting with a variety of methods, we have concluded that requiring students to write an op-ed is the most conducive to the achievement of this goal. Here we share what we have learned in the process, hoping that the pedagogical capability of writing an op-ed will encourage others to adopt the assignment into their classrooms.

Keywords: Engagement, Op-ed, Principles of Economics, Teaching

JEL Classification: A11, A13, A22, D01, D7, D72

Suggested Citation

Hall, Joshua C. and Podemska-Mikluch, Marta, Teaching the Economic Way of Thinking Through Op-Eds (May 16, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266044 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2266044

Joshua C. Hall (Contact Author)

West Virginia University ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Marta Podemska-Mikluch

Gustavus Adolphus College ( email )

800 West College Ave.
Saint Peter, MN Mn 56082
United States
(507) 933-6120 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.podemska.com

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