Mary Lopez

Mary Lopez

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Learning by Teaching part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Service Learning:Examples
In this service learning project, college students worked in groups of three to prepare a 55-minute interactive lesson on one of the topics covered in an Economics of Race and Gender course and team taught the lesson to students at a local high school. Before presenting the lesson at the high school, college students were instructed to choose one or two newspaper or magazine articles that addressed the topic of their presentation. In addition, college students were asked to write up a set of discussion questions to accompany the newspaper articles. The selected articles and discussion questions were delivered to the high school students 1-2 days prior to the presentation. The high school students were instructed to read and answer the discussion questions as preparation for the student-led instruction. The college students wrote a series of short reflection essays and the high school students are tested on what they learned from the college students.

Service Learning Research part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Service Learning:Examples
In this service learning project, students produced a report for a local non-profit organization in which they evaluated the effectiveness of vocational training in improving the labor market opportunities for non-college bound youths. The research report was to be used by the organization when applying for grants. Students began with an examination of the human capital model and applied the model to non-college bound youths. They then reviewed the academic literature on the economic returns to vocational training for non-college bound youths. Students then used institutional and survey data to assess the effectiveness of vocational training programs. Finally, the students presented their research findings to the organization. This project was used in an undergraduate Labor Economics course.

Learning by Teaching part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Classroom Experiments:Examples
In this service learning project, college students work in groups of three to prepare a 55-minute interactive lesson on one of the topics listed on the syllabus and team teach the lesson to students at a local high school. Before presenting the lesson at the high school, college students are instructed to choose one or two newspaper or magazine articles that address the topic of their presentation. In addition, college students are asked to write up a set of discussion questions to accompany the newspaper articles. The selected articles and discussion questions are delivered to the high school students 1-2 days prior to the presentation. The high school students are instructed to read and answer the discussion questions as preparation for the student-led instruction. The college students write a series of short reflection essays and high school students are tested on what they learned from the college students.

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Mary J. Lopez part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:About this Project:Project Participants
Assistant Professor of Economics Occidental College Department of Economics 1600 Campus Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 mlopez@oxy.edu Phone:323-259-2778 Background Information Mary Lopez is an Assistant Professor of ...


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