Bill Goffe

Economics

Penn State

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Activities (3)

Discovering Economic Preconceptions using Clickers part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Classroom Response Systems:Examples
In the typical principles of economics classroom, instructors generally present information without regard to their students' preconceptions of the material at hand. However, student preconceptions can influence their learning as these preconceptions may directly conflict with the lesson. For example, I have found that a significant number of student feel that the government controls a majority of prices they face, that real per capita has barely budged for the last half century, and that few know how federal spending and taxes are set. With a clicker, the instructor can quickly sample student preconceptions and adjust the lesson as appropriate. The challenge here is determining exactly what to ask.

Clickers As an Alternative to Scantrons part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Classroom Response Systems:Examples
Scantrons and related paper-based technologies have been used for decades to record students' answers on multiple choice exam. Some models of clickers can be used as an alternative.

Using Clickers to Inductively Construct Economic Concepts part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Classroom Response Systems:Examples
In class, economists often introduce concepts by stating a definition and then providing an example. In this teaching method, the order is reversed: after an example or examples, students are asked to inductively construct the general principle with carefully designed clicker questions. Monitoring their responses allows the instructor to guide student learning.

Other Contribution

Bill Goffe part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Professor, SUNY Oswego 416 Mahar Hall Oswego, NY 13216 bill.goffe@oswego.edu Phone:315-657-5014 Background Information I received my PhD from UNC Chapel Hill in 1990 and is an associate editor of the Journal of ...


Events and Communities

Developing Modules for Teaching Economics Participants

Spring 2012 Workshop