Why and how to teach history of economic thought..

An excellent paper by Avi J. Cohen of York University and Center Ross Emmett of  Michigan State University.

This blog has discussed why to teach econ history many times..The paper also adds on how to teach and build a syllabus for the subject:

This draft chapter for the Elgar International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics is intended to give advice to instructors who might be teaching a history of economic thought course to undergraduates for the first time or who have perhaps been teaching for a while but would like to refresh their courses.

We sketch the history of courses in the history of economic thought, the expanding scope and research activity in the field, and offer suggestions and resources for a one-semester course. We suggest learning objectives for organizing the course, and discuss supplementary teaching goals (multidisciplinary scholarship and reading/writing instruction) and teaching challenges (time constraints and selection of readings). Our emphasis is on helping students understand economics – past and present –as historically produced knowledge.

The authors numerous online resources and also help build an outline for such a course.

Very useful reading…

One Response to “Why and how to teach history of economic thought..”

  1. driss Says:

    The question about why and how to teach the history of economic thought is a perennial one..Teaching is to be related to learning,
    therefore the focus of attention should be placed on the teacher
    and the student,so as to appreciate the impact of teh programs
    conceived.Rudyard Kipling,Nobel Prize in Literature,1907,once said”I have six faithful serving friends,they taught me all i knew,,
    their names are:What,where,when,why,how and who.”Reference
    was made to one semester course,for either undergraduates or
    graduates,it is necessary,but not enough.One thing is certain,to
    better understand the future,one can’t help but focus attention on
    the past,in terms of “research””teaching”and “extension.”or what was referred to as”the un-holy”trinity,by the late Professor of Socio-
    logy,Dr Herbert Lioberger,from the University of Missouri,Columbia,
    Missouri.Also,lessons need be learned from past experiences,so
    as to better shape the future orientations invarious fields,be they
    scientific,cultural,legal,political,institutional,economic or ecological.

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