Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics > Teaching Methods > Interactive Lecture Demonstrations > Interactive Lecture Demonstrations in Economics
The Interactive Lecture Demonstration is designed to help students learning core concepts in economics using a classroom activity that may be an experiment, a survey, a simulation or an analysis of secondary data. The activity creates a motivation for students to learn economic analysis presented in a follow-up lecture.

The Interactive Lecture Demonstration differs from most classroom activities such as economic experiments in that it follows a framework in which students:

Why use Interactive Lecture Demonstrations?

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations are an effective way to help students learn fundamental economic concepts because:

How to use Interactive Lecture Demonstrations in economics

Which courses?

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations are used most often in principles courses. However, the Interactive Lecture Demonstration approach can also be used in more advanced courses involving data analysis that may benefit from careful attention to the prediction, experience and reflection steps.

Choosing a demonstration

Challenges and insights



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