ERIC Number: ED130959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Experimental Course Development in Introductory Economics at Indiana University. The Journal of Economic Education, Special Issue No. 4, Fall 1975.
A two part experimental introductory college economics course is described. Data on the combination macroeconomics and microeconomics course have been collected over eight consecutive terms and are presented in nine chapters. Chapter I describes course goals as stimulation of student interest, teaching a few basic economic principles, helping students develop processes of orderly problem solving, and teaching students to evaluate qualitative and quantitative evidence. Chapter II presents catalogue descriptions of each course section and lists 17 course emphases, including urban economic problems, government and the economy, poverty and discrimination, and "Nixonomics." Chapter III discusses SAT scores, enrollment trends, majors, and student characteristics. Chapter IV describes course and instructor evaluation questionnaires. Chapter V explains the questions in the final exam "bank" and relates exam results. Chapter VI discusses the relation between instructor ratings and student performance on final exams. Chapter VII stresses the importance of practical teaching experience for graduate instructors. Chapter VIII discusses ways of attaining course objectives. Chapter IX presents concluding comments and outlines plans for a graduate seminar and student workbook. The bulk of the report contains appendices relating to course syllabi and homework problems and statistical tables of course enrollment, evaluation, exam scores, and student profiles. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Course Descriptions, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Development, Economics, Economics Education, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Higher Education, Measurement, Program Descriptions, Statistical Analysis, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Tables (Data), Teaching Methods, Trend Analysis
Joint Council on Economic Education, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.; American Bankers Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Joint Council on Economic Education, New York, NY.