Teaching the Economic Way of Thinking Through Op-Eds
19 Pages Posted: 17 May 2013
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
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