From Challenging the Text to Constructing it in a Large Economics Classroom: Revealing the Not-so-Common Sense of the Capitalist Mode of Production

9 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2016

Date Written: January 23, 2016

Abstract

Multiple challenges confront the instructor seeking to introduce pluralist content and more engaged modes of delivery in today’s large economics classroom. This paper recounts one in-class, small group exercise of negotiating ownership claims on a capital good and its output. The communal outcomes students negotiate contradict their prior taken-for-granted belief in the “rightness” of the capitalist mode of production and offers the instructor an ideal teaching moment to examine fairness in resource distribution.

Keywords: Economics education, critical pedagogy, heterodox economics, capitalist mode of production

JEL Classification: A13, A22, B51

Suggested Citation

Spotton Visano, Brenda, From Challenging the Text to Constructing it in a Large Economics Classroom: Revealing the Not-so-Common Sense of the Capitalist Mode of Production (January 23, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2722501 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2722501

Brenda Spotton Visano (Contact Author)

York University ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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