Teaching Economics

Economics is a social science that is defined by Alfred Marshal (1890) as the “study of mankind in the ordinary business of life”. Sadly enough, many students find it hard and dry. I believe this is, at least partly, attributed to the disentanglement between teaching material and everyday life. Teaching Economics should be very close to real life situations, especially when it comes to analysing economic agents choices and incentives. Also, it needs to be kindled by curiosity to discover how economic theory can enhance students understanding of the surrounding world. Thus far, I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of economics and statistics related courses. My teaching experience, so far, has led me to establish my own set of teaching values and principles. I believe that Economics teachers should always ask `what they want the student to learn’, rather than being too much focused on what they want to teach. Undoubtedly, these are two different questions. While thinking of what to teach is important, learning is much more than that. In fact, learning is a continuing process that goes far beyond the simple transition of knowledge.