Learning Science Research

Bloom, B., Englehart, M. Furst, E., Hill, W., & Krathwohl, D. (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives: The classification of educational goals. Handbook I: Cognitive domain. New York, Toronto: Longmans, Green.
This group of educators undertook the task of classifying education goals and objectives. The intent was to develop a classification system that would aid instructors in achieve higher-order learning.
Bransford, John, Brown, Ann, and Cocking, Rodney. (1999) How People Learn - Brain, Mind, Experience, and School.National Academy Press, Washington, DC.
This edited volume makes a strong case for the use of non-traditional learning methods.
Salomon, G. (1979) Interaction of media, cognition, and learning: An exploration of how symbolic forms cultivate mental skills and affect knowledge acquisition.San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
This book provides evidence that suggests that people learn abstract, new, and novel concepts more easily when presented in both verbal and visual form.
Schwartz, Daniel L and John D. Bransford. (1998) "Time For Telling" Cognition & Instruction, 16 (4): 475-523.
The authors show that demonstrations focused on contrasting cases help students achieve expert-like differentiation.
Schwartz, Daniel L. and Taylor Martin 2004. "Inventing to Prepare for Future Learning" Cognition and Instruction 22 (2): 129-184.
The authors found that carefully-prepared demonstrations "help students generate the types of knowledge that are likely to help them learn" from subsequent lectures.
Springer, S. P., & Deutsch, G. (1998) Left brain, right brain. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.
This book explores the connections between the use of media and brain activity.
Willingham, Daniel T. (2009). Why Don't Students Like School? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
This very readable and practical book by a cognitive scientist explains the roots of effective teaching and learning. A great teaching guide and resource.
Yowell, Connie, and Diana Rhoten. (2009) Digital Media and Learning. Forum for the Future of Higher Education, 13-16. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The authors put forth a compelling case for participatory learning in a world characterized by rapid changes in digital media.
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The Use of Media in Teaching and Learning (general)

Bluestone, Cheryl. (2000) Feature Films as a Teaching Tool. College Teaching, 48(4):141-146.

This paper makes the case for using films as a teaching device.
Champoux, Joseph E. (1999) Film as a Teaching Resource. Journal of Management Inquiry, 8(2): 206217.
This paper makes the case for using film as a teaching resource

Champoux, Joseph E. (2001) Animated Films as a Teaching Resource. Journal of Management Education, 25(1): 7899.

This paper extends the film model to include animations.

Cowen, P. S. (1984) Film and text: Order effects in recall and social inferences. Educational Communication and Technology, 32, 131-144.

This paper provides evidence that visual media can help with later recall of concepts.

Goldenberg, Marni, & O'Bannon, Teresa. (2008) Teaching with Movies: recreation, sports, tourism, and physical education. Human Kinetics.

This book describes how to use popular movies and television shows to teach sports and recreation courses.

Kim, Joshua. (2010) Video Projects, not Video Viewing Inside Higher Ed, February 4, 2010.
This article describes the pedagogical advantages of using a video project.

Kolowich, Steve. (2010). Movie Clips and Copyright. Inside Higher Ed, July 28, 2010.

This article describes the most recent interpretations of copyright law.

Lage, M. J.,Platt, G. J., & Treglia, M. (2000). Inverting the classroom: A gateway to creating an inclusive learning environment. Journal of Economic Education 31 (1): 30-43.

The use of learning technologies, particularly multimedia, provide new opportunities for students to learn.

Masters, Joan C. (2005) Hollywood in the Classroom: Using Feature Films to Teach. Nurse Educator, 30(3): 113-116.
This paper discusses how to use feature films in nursing education.
Serva, M.A., & Fuller, M.A. (2004) Aligning what we do and what we measure in business schools: Incorporating active learning and effective media use in the assessment of instruction. Journal of Management Education, 28(1): 19-38.
This paper discusses how the effective use of media can enhance the learning experience.
Wolensky, R. P. (Ed.). (1982) Using films in sociology courses: Guidelines and reviews. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
This book describes how films are used in sociology courses.
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The Use of Media in Teaching and Learning (in economics)

Becker, William E. (2003) How To Make Economics the Sexy Social Science. Southern Economic Journal,70 (Summer): 195-198.
This paper outlines the state of teaching in economics and makes a number of recommendations to improve the teaching of economics.
Becker, William E. (2004) Good-bye Old, Hello New in Teaching Economics. Australian Journal of Economics Education, 1 (March): 5-17.
This paper argues that economic education can be improved if instructors adopt newer teaching techniques.
Becker, William E., & Watts, Michael. (1998) Teaching economics to undergraduates: Alternatives to chalk and talk. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
This book encourages economics instructors to broaden beyond the lecture model.
Becker, William E., & Watts, Michael. (2001) Teaching Methods in U.S. Undergraduate Courses. Journal of Economic Education 32 (Summer): 269-280.
This paper surveys the way that economics courses are taught and makes recommendations for improving instruction through the use of varied approaches to teaching.

Becker, William E., Watts, Michael, & Becker, Suzanne R. (eds.) (2006) Teaching Economics: More Alternatives to Chalk and Talk. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar.

This book is a follow-up to Becker and Watt's 1998 work of nearly the same title.

Dixit, Avinash. (2005) Restoring Fun to Game Theory. Journal of Economic Education, 36 (summer): 205-218.

This paper argues that the best way to teach game theory is through a variety of learning platforms including active learning, collaborative learning, and media.

Formaini, Robert. (2001) Free Markets on Film: Hollywood and Capitalism. Journal of Private Enterprise, 16 (Spring): 122-129.
This paper highlights a set of films strongly related to the study of capitalism.
Ghent, Linda S., Grant, Alan, and Lesica, George. (2010). The Economics of Seinfeld.

This marvelous resource relates one of television's all-time favorite shows, Seinfeld, to economics.

Girardi, Gherardo. (2008) Extended Case Study: Teaching and Learning Economics Through Cinema. Economics Network

This case study argues that teaching with film clips offers certain advantages as opposed to teaching with literature.

Hall, Joshua (2005). Homer Economicus. Using The Simpsons to Teach Economics. Journal of Private Enterprise, 30 (2): 165-176.

The paper describes how to use a number of scenes from the long-running television show to teach basic economic concepts.

Hall, Joshua & Lawson, Robert. (2008) Using Music to Teach Microeconomics. Perspectives in Economic Education Research4(1): 23-36.

This paper describes how to use popular music to help students learn microeconomics.

Hall, Joshua, Lawson, Robert, & Mateer, G. Dirk. (2008) From ABBA to Zeppelin, Led: Using Music to Teach Economics. Journal of Economic Education, 39 (1): 107.

This note describes a website, From ABBA to Zeppelin, that provides lyrics and follow-up questions that can be used to learn economics.

Hoyt, Gail. (2003) How to make economics the fulfilling social science. Southern Economics Journal 70 (1): 216-218.

This paper discusses how economic instruction can be improved through the use of many non-traditional teaching methods.

Kane, Stephen. (1999) Teaching Principal-Agent Problems Using Examples From Popular Culture. Finance Practice and Education, 9 (1): 116-120.

The teach of the principal-agent problem is the focus of this paper.

Leet, Don & Houser, Scott. (2003) Economics Goes to Hollywood: Using Classic Films to Create an Undergraduate Economics Course. Journal of Economic Education,34 (Fall): 326-332.
This paper describes how to teach an economics course using full-length films. The teaching method provides an alternative to showing short media scenes interspersed throughout a traditional class.

Mateer, G. Dirk. (2005) 'Economics in the Movies'. South-Western, Thomson.

This book provides access to 20 short streaming videos along with questions for each video designed to test economic understanding.

Mateer, G. Dirk, and Ferrarini, Tawni. (2009) YouTube, economic education, and classroom assignments. Presented at the Council for Economic Education.
This paper describes a video assignment where student groups create original economic content and post it to YouTube.

Mateer, G. Dirk, & Li, Herman. (2008) Movie Scenes for Economics. Journal of Economic Education, 39 (3): 303.

This note describes a website, Movie Scenes for Economics, that contains a database of film scenes that can be used to illustrate economics.

Mateer, G. Dirk, & Rice, Andrew. (2007) Using music synchronized with lyrics to teach economics. Perspectives on Economic Education Research, 3(1):53-64.

This paper describes how to create animated Flash files using popular music. The Flash animations provide economic commentary and the song lyrics as a mechanism to help learn economics.

Miller, James D., and Felton, Debbie (2002). Using Greek Mythology to Teach Game Theory. The American Economist, 46(2), 69-79.

Greek Mythology is used to highlight concepts from game theory.

Porter, Tod S. (2009). Media for Microeconomics. The Journal of Economic Education, 40(4): 447.

This note describes a website, Media for Microeconomics, that contains an annotated database of radio and video stories relevant to teaching principles of microeconomics.

Raehsler, Rod D. (2009). The Use of Popular Music to Teach Introductory Economics.Allied Social Science Association meetings.

This presentation finds that the use of a music project increases attendance and exam performance.

Sexton, Robert L. (2006) Using Short Movie and Television Clips in the Economics Principles Class. Journal of Economic Education, 37(4): 406-417.

This paper highlights the benefits from using short media clips to teach introductory economics.

Shor, M. (2004) A Resources for educators and students of game theory.

This website describes a number of novel approaches for teaching game theory.

Tinari, Frank D., and Khandke, K. (2000) From Rhythm and Blues to Broadway: Using Music to Teach Economics. Journal of Economic Education, 31 (Summer): 253-270.

This paper surveys music that can be used to teach economics.

Watts, Michael. (2003). The Literary Book of Economics: Including Readings from Literature and Drama on Economic Concepts, Issues and Themes.Wilmington, Delaware: ISI Books.

This edited book of readings links classic works of literature to economic ideas. A must read for any serious economic educator.

Watts, Michael, and Smith, Robert E. (1989) Economics in Literature and Drama. Journal of Economic Education, 20 (3): 291-307.

The authors use examples from classic works of literature and drama to highlight the importance of economic concepts.

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