The Economics Network

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Developments in Economics Education (DEE) Conference 2011

London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

6-7 September 2011

The sixth international DEE conference presented the latest developments in economics higher education. This site includes presentation materials and photographs from the three days of the event.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Economics department very generously agreed to host DEE 2011. The LSE is world-renowned for its Economic research and study whilst still championing teaching and learning. 

Monday 5th September: Key Contacts Conference

This day is designed for Key Contacts (representatives from Economics departments in the UK with an interest in Economics education) but is open to all academic staff from the UK. Includes sessions on Designing Induction Programmes and Using Games and Experiments. (more)

Tuesday 6th September: Main DEE conference

Keynote: Diane Coyle, OBE is the author of The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters and Sex, Drugs and Economics. Diane is also member of the BBC Trust and the Migration Advisory Committee. She is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Political and Economic Governance, University of Manchester.

Economics presents a paradox. The subject's reputation is at a new low because of the financial crisis, and many people outside and even inside the profession express doubts about its methodology. On the other hand, new datasets, econometric tools and methodological approaches – including behavioural and experimental economics, computational methods and non-linear dynamics - have led to an exciting renaissance in some areas of the field. What should students of economics be learning now, and are they getting it from the universities?

A programme of sessions and the conference handbook are available.

Congratulations to Daniel Blackshields of University College Cork who won a President's Award for excellence in teaching for a portfolio that included his DEE 2011 presentation, "Scaffolding Minds Less Ordinary: transforming economic thinking by intelligent looking"

Wednesday 7th September: Internationalisation in Economics workshop

Attracting and supporting international students is an increasingly important aspect of higher education Economics: this workshop offers the opportunity to discuss, share and explore issues and practice to support internationalisation. (more)

Conference Themes

The DEE Conference will comprise a mix of papers, interactive workshops, demonstration sessions and poster sessions around the themes of:

  • Engaging and motivating students
  • Teaching mathematics
  • Assessment and feedback
  • Developing student skills and employability
  • Curriculum structure and content
  • eLearning
  • Games, experiments and simulations
  • Problem-based learning and cases studies
  • Linking research and teaching
  • Pedagogical research in economics
  • Internationalisation

We are very grateful to the London School of Economics and Political Science for their generous sponsorship of this conference.

DEE 2011 was organised by the Economics Network.