Economic Educators Discuss New Approaches to Teaching
AIER presented its holistic approach to teaching economics as part of the recent 10th Annual Economics Teaching Conference in San Diego. More than 200 economic educators participated in the conference.
Natalia V. Smirnova and Michelle Ryan (shown left) presented best practices of its Teach-the-Teachers Initiative, such as interactive techniques of teaching economics in high-school, focus on relevance of economic concepts to peoples’ lives, and methods of collecting and sorting through data. Other presenters demonstrated creative ways to engage students in learning economics, such as using experiments, simulations, and games. They showed how to use Twitter to improve writing skills, and how to use Google to increase collaboration in the classroom.
Keynote speakers included N. Gregory Mankiw of Harvard University (shown right), who spoke about better ways to measure income inequality. Psychologist Stephen Chew of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama explained the cognitive basis for effective teaching. Michael Watts from Purdue University dazzled attendees with his presentation on the 100 best paintings for teaching economics. And Denise Hazlett of Whitman College in Washington conducted a banking experiment that demonstrated the importance of the concept of a debt-to-equity ratio.
The conference brought the discussion of economic education and pedagogy to a large audience at the national level.