ERIC Number: ED121651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
What Is a Principles Course in Economics?
Bach, G. L.
Designed to improve undergraduate economics instruction, this paper outlines general learning theory and describes two innovative courses in elementary economics. The courses are based on the objectives that economic learning should be generally applicable to different problems which a student will face in the future and that economics concepts be simple and important enough for a student to remember and use independently. Consequently, the contents of most introductory economics courses need to be condensed to contain essential information for a student to know and retain after the course ends. Twenty major economic concepts that are essential for an introductory economics course are listed in order to help teachers reduce content load. Two courses based on these criteria and objectives are described. The second course has been taught recently and incorporates the innovative techniques of programmed instruction, case studies, and macrocomputer simulation games. Student retention of the concepts after completing the course is positive for both courses. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the workshop for college instructors by the American Economic Association and Joint Council on Economic Education (Bloomington, Indiana, August 1973)