A Classroom Guide to Preparing Discussion Questions and Leading Discussion
Michael K. Salemi, Professor of Economics and Department Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US and W. Lee Hansen, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, US
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Discussing Economics treats discussion – meaning formal consideration of questions about a reading – as a new approach to learning economics. Setting out a detailed approach modeled on the ideas of Mortimer Adler and the Great Books Foundation, the authors explain why instructors should organize discussion around interpretive questions, how to plan and lead discussion, and how to integrate it into a course. They then provide a guide to over 60 classic and contemporary readings that span much of the undergraduate economics curriculum. For each, they provide a synopsis, learning objectives, recommended questions, and discussion suggestions.
Contents: Preface 1. Why Discussion Part I: Preparing for and Leading Discussion 2. Interpretive Questions 3. Question Clusters 4. Leading Discussion 5. Discussion Modules Part II: Discussing Economic Principles 6. The Wealth of Nations 7. Triumph of Capitalism 8. Transition Economics Part III: Discussing Macroeconomics 9. Monetary Policy 10. Unemployment and Inflation 11. Economic Growth 12. Deficits Part IV: Discussing Microeconomics 13. Thinking About Markets 14. Incentives and Markets 15. Labor Economics 16. Income Distribution 17. Whither Economics? Part V: Discussing Financial Economics 18. The Evolution of Money 19. The Theory of Interest 20. International Financial Institutions References Part VI: Appendix Index