ERIC Number: ED143565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Pedagogical Model for Regional Political Economy in a Rural-Industrial Economy: Central Pennsylvania & Bucknell University as a Case Study.
Stamos, Stephen C., Jr.
In this paper, a college economics professor shares his ideas and experiences related to teaching a regional economics course for seniors at Bucknell University. In an attempt to depart from the traditional content and the passive teaching procedures prevalent in such courses, the professor implemented a course in a regional, political, economic analysis of a nearby community. In the first part of the course which deals with preparation for field research, students read Paulo Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed." The second part of the course involves field research experience and class dialogues. The students first identify a nearby community they wish to examine. They isolate and identify the community's major generative themes, i.e., what are people most concerned about and interested in. In addition, they examine and describe the economic base of the community in the context of its regional economic setting. It is in this part of the course that students learn and apply the elements of regional economic theory and technique. A Neo-Marxist conceptual approach is used. Students schedule meetings, interviews, tours and other such activities with the people in the community. They spend classroom time discussing their experiences and applying their theory. The course concludes with a written project report. The report is made available to, and discussed with, members of the community. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Eastern Economic Association (Hartford, Connecticut, April 14-16, 1977)