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ERIC Number: EJ1043154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Preparing Students for the AP Economics Exams
Meek, Sally; Ashmead, Amanda
Social Education, v77 n5 p278-281 Oct 2013
The first step in teaching-to-understand economics is not teaching "the rules," but working with fundamental economic models from the outset. Many of the concepts in economics are illustrated through models. Students must: (1) be able to draw these models; (2) understand the assumptions of the models; and (3) use the models for analysis. A good course requires the students to practice continually using models. This is an excellent place to include current events. A short contemporary news article can be analyzed and illustrated using a model. Another important strategy for teaching understanding is providing opportunities for active learning. There are many simulations in economics that help students internalize the concepts and develop economic intuition. Furthermore, students must understand the math required for the exam. Students need to be able to handle basic fractions and prepare for the structure and verbiage of the AP exam. Test-taking strategies can be taught throughout the course while teaching economic concepts. Because the AP exam has both a multiple-choice component and a free response component, these types of assessments should be used predominantly throughout the course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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