Title

Improving Teaching Effectiveness in Introductory Economics Courses Using the Test of Understanding of College Economics (TUCE)

SMC Author

Richard H. Courtney William Lee Kara Boatman

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Status

Faculty

School

School of Economics and Business Administration

Department

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research

Description/Abstract

This study extends the literature on using standardized tests to measure student learning in introductory economics courses by illustrating how the results of such tests can be used as a diagnostic and developmental tool by instructors to help them improve their teaching. The extent of student learning in each of the six content categories and three cognitive categories that are incorporated in the Test of Understanding in College Economics (TUCE), are used as a means of providing feedback to instructors that they can use to help them improve their teaching effectiveness. Results obtained in this way can be used in conjunction with student evaluations of courses and instructors.

Differences in the extent of student improvement in each of six content categories offers instructors information about subject areas in which more attention should be focused, or teaching practices altered, in the future. In terms of the three cognitive categories, results indicate that students gained most in terms of their knowledge of fundamental concepts but, as the level of abstract thinking increases, improvement in comprehension and application of economic concepts is much less, indicating that instructors may also want to consider changes in teaching strategies to better communicate information as well as to engage students in these topics as a means of improving their understanding. Overall, results obtained by using the TUCE in this manner can help instructors ascertain those subject and cognitive areas they need to focus on as a means of helping them improve their teaching effectiveness to further increase student learning.

Scholarly

yes

Peer Reviewed

1

Volume

14

Issue

1

Disciplines

Business | Economics

Original Citation

Courtney, R., Lee, W. & Boatman, K. (2013). Improving teaching effectiveness in introductory economics courses using the Test of Understanding of College Economics (TUCE). Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 14 (1).

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