ISBN-10:
1848445806
ISBN-13:
9781848445802
Pub. Date:
01/01/2010
Publisher:
Edward Elgar Publishing
Educating Economists: The Teagle Discussion on Re-evaluating the Undergraduate Economics Major

Educating Economists: The Teagle Discussion on Re-evaluating the Undergraduate Economics Major

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Overview

The economics major is a central part of a college education. But is that economics major doing what it is meant to do? And if not, how should it be changed? This book raises a set of provocative questions that encourage readers to look at the economics major in a different light than it is typically considered and provides a series of recommendations for change.


Responding to a Teagle Foundation initiative on the role of majors in higher education, the contributors – eminent economists and administrators – consider the relationship between the goals and objectives of the economics major and those of a liberal education. They address questions such as: What is the appropriate training for a person who will be teaching in a liberal arts school? What incentives would motivate the creation of institutional value through teaching and not simply research? They also explore whether the disciplinary nature of undergraduate education is squeezing out the ‘big-think’ questions, and replacing them with ‘little-think’ questions, and whether we should change graduate training of economists to better prepare them to be teachers, rather than researchers.


Providing a stimulating discussion of the economics major by many of the leaders in US economic education, this book will prove a thought provoking read for those with a special interest in economics and economics education, particularly academics, lecturers, course administrators, students and researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848445802
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Edited by David Colander, Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics, Middlebury College, US and KimMarie McGoldrick, Joseph A. Jennings Chair in Business, Professor of Economics, University of Richmond, US

Table of Contents

Contents:


Preface

Michael Watts


Introduction: A Discussion, Not a Report

David Colander and KimMarie McGoldrick


PART I: THE TEAGLE REPORT

1. The Teagle Foundation Report: The Economics Major as Part of a Liberal Education

David Colander and KimMarie McGoldrick


PART II: CHALLENGING THE CONTENT: WHAT DO WE TEACH?

2. Teaching Students to ‘Think About the Economy’

Joseph Persky


3. The Economics Major as Illiberal Education

Stephen A. Marglin


4. Moral Reasoning in Economics

Jonathan B. Wight


5. Thinking for Yourself, Like an Economist

Robert F. Garnett


6. Teaching Economics Students as if they are Geniuses

James Wible


7. The Role for Depth in a Liberal Education

Benjamin M. Friedman


PART III: CHANGING THE WAY WE TEACH ECONOMICS

8. Using Pedagogical Change to Improve Student Learning in the Economics Major

Scott Simkins and Mark Maier


9. Providing Incentives for Change: Evaluating Teaching

Ann L. Owen


10. Reflections on Introductory Course Structures

Paul W. Grimes


11. Economics and Liberal Education: Why, Where, and How

Michael K. Salemi


12. Reinvigorating Liberal Education with an Expected Proficiencies Approach to the Academic Major

W. Lee Hansen


PART IV: STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS AND THE INTERDISCIPLINARY NATURE OF ECONOMICS

13. The Integrative Nature of the Economics Major

Jessica Holmes


14. The Availability of Interdisciplinary Economics Educators and the Actions of Deans: Explaining the Small Contribution of Economics to a Liberal Education

Arthur H. Goldsmith


15. The Economics Major at a Crossroads

David Kennett


16. Crafting the Economics Major as an Exercise in Property Rights

Neil T. Skaggs


17. Preserving Liberal Arts Education: A Futile Endeavor

Brendan O’Flaherty


PART V: VIEWS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION

18. Good Researchers Make Good Teachers

Catharine Hill


19. Overstating the Challenges, Underestimating the Solutions

George Daly


20. How the Shifting Landscape Affects our Students

David W. Breneman


21. The Role of Incentives (and Culture) in Rebalancing the Economics Major

Bradley W. Bateman


PART VI: VIEWS FROM THE STUDENTS

22. What Economics Majors Think of the Economics Major

Steven Jones, Eric Hoest, Richie Fuld, Mahesh Dahal and David Colander


PART VII: CONCLUSION

23. Really Thinking Like an Economist

John J. Siegfried


References


Index

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