Art of Econ: Incorporating the Arts through Active Learning Assignments in Principles Courses

Al-Bahrani, A., Holder, K., Patel, D. and Wooten, J. “Art of Econ: Incorporating the Arts through Active Learning Assignments in Principles Courses”. Journal of Economics and Finance Education. 15 (2), 1-16, 2016

16 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2015 Last revised: 12 Nov 2020

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Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani

Northern Kentucky University - Department of Economics and Finance

Kim Holder

University of West Georgia

Darshak Patel

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics

Jadrian Wooten

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Date Written: June 1, 2015

Abstract

Research has shown that, at the principles level, economic education relies mainly on exams for assessment. Introducing differentiated assessment in economic education through active learning provides a way for economic educators to increase the level of learning and to assess a higher level of understanding. In this paper we provide instructors with low-cost active learning assignments. These assignments rely on creative art projects and require students to create economic content, by determining necessary information, organize thoughts and using economic language clearly and precisely. We believe that these assignments better assess deeper levels of learning. We advocate for using the active learning assignments in conjunction with multiple-choice exams. Multiple instruments of assessment and learning will provide a more inclusive educational environment.

Keywords: Principles, Assessment, Differentiated, Education

JEL Classification: A10, A22

Suggested Citation

Al-Bahrani, Abdullah A. and Holder, Kim and Patel, Darshak and Wooten, Jadrian, Art of Econ: Incorporating the Arts through Active Learning Assignments in Principles Courses (June 1, 2015). Al-Bahrani, A., Holder, K., Patel, D. and Wooten, J. “Art of Econ: Incorporating the Arts through Active Learning Assignments in Principles Courses”. Journal of Economics and Finance Education. 15 (2), 1-16, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2612992

Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani (Contact Author)

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

College of Business
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Highland Heights, KY 41099
United States

HOME PAGE: http://abdullahalbahrani.com

Kim Holder

University of West Georgia ( email )

1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
United States
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Darshak Patel

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

Economics Department
Lexington, KY 40506-0034
United States

Jadrian Wooten

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ( email )

3016 Pamplin Hall
Mail Code 0316
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States

HOME PAGE: http://JadrianWooten.com

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