Jennifer Rhoads

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University of Illinois at Chicago

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Activities (2)

Being Aware of Health Care: Using Cooperative Learning to Synthesize and Communicate U.S. Health Care Reform Issues part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This is a three-part project spanning five weeks that uniquely interweaves individual and cooperative learning in the context of health care reform and the 2008 United States presidential campaign. Students initially worked independently researching a specific reform issue pertinent to the U.S. health care system. They then collaborated in small groups to share and refine their findings. As the designated experts on their particular health care reform issue, student groups organized oral presentations to educate their classmates on their issue. Every student was required to present one section of its group presentation; however, it was random who presented each section. These group presentations provided the background information necessary for each student to prepare a final individual paper addressing all the different health care reform issues presented.

Exploring and Explaining Determinants of Supply and Demand: Utilizing the Think-Pair-Share Technique part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This activity is an extension of the Think-Pair-Share cooperative learning technique. Students are put into pairs and then each pair is assigned one of the determinants of supply or demand. Each pair then concentrates on understanding this determinant by first creating hypothetical examples and then identifying real world examples. Each pair is responsible for presenting and explaining one of these hypothetical and real world examples to the rest of the class. Which student within a pair makes each presentation is determined by a coin toss immediately prior to the presentation. Students are required to submit a clear written explanation and a graphical analysis of their examples.

Other Contribution

Jennifer Rhoads part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Department of Economics University of Illinois at Chicago 601 S. Morgan St. UH725 M/C 144 Chicago, IL 60607 jkujaw2@uic.edu Phone:419-344-7604 Background Information Jennifer Rhoads is a graduate student at the ...


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