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ERIC Number: EJ1024669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0485
Big Think: A Model for Critical Inquiry in Economics Courses
McGoldrick, KimMarie; Garnett, Robert
Journal of Economic Education, v44 n4 p389-398 2013
Economic educators often profess the goal of teaching our students to "think like economists." Since Siegfried and colleagues (1991) coined this phrase, its meaning has been interpreted as a focus on analytical concepts and methods of economics as opposed to the broader goal of preparing students for independent, critical thought in the complex world beyond college. Colander and McGoldrick (2009b) argued that students are more likely to achieve both of these objectives when the learning process includes open-ended questions that encourage them to move beyond algorithmic application of textbook principles. In this article, the authors operationalize this "big think" approach through an instructional module on differential tuition pricing, the development of which was enhanced by careful attention to contemporary learning theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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