Teaching Economics at the University Level: Dynamics of Parameters and Implications

Alauddin, Mohammad and Foster, John (2005) Teaching Economics at the University Level: Dynamics of Parameters and Implications. Discussion Paper No. 339, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Alauddin, Mohammad
Foster, John
Title Teaching Economics at the University Level: Dynamics of Parameters and Implications
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Report Number Discussion Paper No. 339
Publication date 2005-07-01
Subject 340000 Economics
330204 Curriculum Studies - Economics, Commerce, Management and Services Education
Abstract/Summary This paper investigates various changing aspects in the teaching of economics within the context of the dynamics of parameters. These include inter alia the role of effective communication, clarity of lecture notes, ability to focus on the centrality of theme, teaching and learning environment, and ability to illustrate with examples. It also notes the changing perception of indicators of good teaching over the two points in time in which data were collected. Two central ideas permeate the study. Firstly, the approach to teaching must be consistent with the needs and aspirations of the student population who collectively form a highly heterogeneous entity while at the same time displaying discernible stratification with distinctively identifiable group expectations and preferences. Herein lies the significance of a greater importance of contents rather than presentation per se. Secondly, it argues that teaching is much more than what can be realistically achieved during the classroom lectures. This paper underscores the critical importance of a teaching system research model embodying a holistic rather than a piecemeal approach to teaching and learning that is applicable to a range of circumstances with significant implications that extend far beyond the classroom.
Keyword McDonaldization of higher education
diversity of student clientele
indicators of good teaching
asymmetry of communication and expectation
market failure
economies of scope
teaching system research model

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