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Teaching introductory economics to students of different majors: Challenges and opportunities

Islam, Shahidul and Manaloor, Varghese (2011): Teaching introductory economics to students of different majors: Challenges and opportunities. Published in: Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice , Vol. 12, No. 1 (2012): pp. 56-65.

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Abstract

Introductory economics courses have a diverse pool of students with varied objectives. The programs offering introductory economics also have specific objectives in mind. This variation deserves attention to find appropriate content, teaching method and resources. This paper explores (i) the appropriateness of content, breadth and depth of economic concept provided to different disciplines, (ii) mode of delivery and teaching techniques with varying objectives and (iii) the suitability of resource materials. It is concluded that different programs need to adapt the content and teaching techniques to satisfy student needs, and a collaborative approach led by the economics instructor would be the way to go.

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