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Using ESPN 30 for 30 to Teach Economics

Posted: 6 Oct 2013 Last revised: 4 Jun 2015

Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani

Northern Kentucky University - Department of Economics and Finance

Darshak Patel

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics

Date Written: October 4, 2013

Abstract

Education in economics has trended away from “chalk and talk” toward alternative pedagogical approaches in recent years. This paper documents one such approach used to illustrate economic concepts, the use of film clips from ESPN 30 for 30. This series can be used to augment traditional principles classes or as real world examples of concepts discussed in upper division economic courses. The ESPN 30 for 30 film series merges three different areas of interests: film, sports and history. Through these diverse spectrums, ESPN 30 for 30 films provides instructors with another resource to use in classrooms and creates an environment that facilitates active learning activities.

Keywords: economics education, introductory economics, pedagogy, teaching, film, sports

JEL Classification: A10, A22, D00

Suggested Citation

Al-Bahrani, Abdullah A. and Patel, Darshak, Using ESPN 30 for 30 to Teach Economics (October 4, 2013). Southern Economic Journal, 81: 829–842. doi: 10.4284/0038-4038-2013.299 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2336279 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2336279

Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani (Contact Author)

Northern Kentucky University - Department of Economics and Finance ( email )

College of Business
BEP 425
Highland Heights, KY 41099
United States

HOME PAGE: http://abdullahalbahrani.com

Darshak Patel

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics ( email )

Economics Department
Lexington, KY 40506-0034
United States

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