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ERIC Number: EJ778835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Threshold Concepts and the Integration of Understanding in Economics
Davies, Peter; Mangan, Jean
Studies in Higher Education, v32 n6 p711-726 Dec 2007
This article outlines the recently developed idea of "Threshold Concepts" and explains how this idea may be used to describe the progress of learning in economics. The authors examine the relationship between threshold concepts, key concepts and conceptual change and suggest that a distinction between basic, discipline and procedural concepts may be useful in determining a framework for the identification of threshold concepts. The current understanding of threshold concepts is extended by indicating that these might best be seen as a web of concepts which link thinking and practice in a discipline. A range of evidence is presented to illustrate the existence and implications of threshold concepts in economics. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.) [This project was also funded by the Department for Employment and Learning.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Higher Education Funding Council for England, Bristol.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom