The Economics Network

Improving economics teaching and learning for over 20 years

  • Encourage the students to write essays in which they have to argue for a position.
  • Stress the role of history in economics and economic thought.
  • Comparison is difficult so students must be guided through the process: explain the teaching strategy you are using.
  • Structure the module/course so that competing perspectives are reinforced: start early and repeat often.
  • Use/construct readers as a substitute for or complement to textbooks.
  • Use autobiographical accounts to show how economists change their mind and why.
  • Offer extensive feedback on assignments – perhaps create space for this by refusing to give advanced guidance.