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ERIC Number: ED089570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug-15
Pages: 41
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Teaching Intermediate Microeconomics Using the Personalized System of Instruction: An Evaluation.
Tietenberg, Thomas H.
The Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) represents an alternative method of instruction to both conventional lecturing and programmed learning. The purpose of this paper is to report on an experiment in which the PSI technique is employed on a microeconomics course in which a one semester introductory course was a prerequisite and was conducted in a small liberal arts college. A total of 92 students were allocated to three sections of microeconomics. Two of the sections were taught in a conventional lecture format and the final section was taught in the PSI format. All three sections met for two one and one half hour periods a week. Each student was exposed to the same body of material. The course was based on a conventional text that all sections used. The PSI section had the text supplemented by written handouts that consisted of the kind of elaboration and clarification that would ordinarily occur in a lecture. The output of the testing was based upon two instruments, the final examination and the course evaluation. Among the conclusions is that the PSI method does provide an alternative educational option that, while not dominating the other methods, does seem to offer students a choice which they value. Used prudently the PSI method can make a valuable addition to the teaching techniques of economics. Tables related to the text are included. (Author/PG)
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