A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Class: Using ECONShots to Teach Economics

Posted: 1 Jun 2016 Last revised: 3 Jun 2016

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Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani

Northern Kentucky University - Department of Economics and Finance

James Bruehler

Eastern Illinois University

Linda Ghent

Eastern Illinois University - Department of Economics

Kim Holder

University of West Georgia

Date Written: May 30, 2016

Abstract

Evidence of the health benefits of laughter is overwhelming and recent research highlights the connection between student sentiment and their subsequent receptiveness to learning and engagement. By leveraging the power of humor in the classroom, educators can decrease stress, increase student-teacher communication, and teach their students the essentials of economics in an impactful and memorable way. ECONShots, our collection of snapshots of standup comedians with quotes relevant to economics, provides an opportunity for students to connect with the theories, terms, and concepts that are common to both economics and everyday life. All ECONShots are indexed for ease of use. Embed codes provide nearly effortless integration into lecture slides, learning management systems, and social media tools, providing a distinctive avenue for learning economics that will make a lasting impression.

Keywords: economics education, humor

JEL Classification: A20

Suggested Citation

Al-Bahrani, Abdullah A. and Bruehler, James and Ghent, Linda and Holder, Kim, A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Class: Using ECONShots to Teach Economics (May 30, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2786776

Abdullah A. Al-Bahrani

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

James Bruehler

Eastern Illinois University ( email )

Linda Ghent

Eastern Illinois University - Department of Economics ( email )

Charleston, IL 61920-3099
United States

Kim Holder (Contact Author)

University of West Georgia ( email )

1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118
United States
678-839-5423 (Phone)

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