New Developments in Economic Education
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New Developments in Economic Education

Edited by Franklin G. Mixon and Richard J. Cebula

This innovative book offers targeted strategies for effectively and efficiently teaching economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It provides professors and other teachers of economics various techniques to engage and retain the interest of students, and challenges them to apply both knowledge and methodological tools to a range of economic problems.
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Chapter 1: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down: why good content is never enough

Wayne Geerling and G. Dirk Mateer

Abstract

The chapter attempts to provide economists who actively teach their discipline some suggested paths toward making the experience more palatable if not enjoyable for students. The authors emphasize three lessons. First, economics is a fascinating and rewarding discipline. Second, introductory economics courses are typically comprised of non-majors and instructors need to cater for this. Third, passion and commitment are contagious.

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