Putting the Invisible Hand to Work: Concepts and Models for Service Learning in Economics

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University of Michigan Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 313 pages
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Service learning is an experiential learning pedagogy that enables students to integrate their study of economics in the classroom with service activities in their communities. It can enhance both economic literacy and the quality of our communities by helping to make economics more accessible to an increasingly diverse student body, increasing student citizenship skills, and improving the relationship between colleges and universities and their communities.
The two parts of this volume provide a theoretical basis for service learning and offer lessons gleaned from applying it in the classroom. The theoretical chapters outline the learning theory and models of service learning as they can be applied in economics. Service learning is introduced here as a technique that teaches students to "do economics." Also included are specific models of service learning and an overview of assessment issues. The applications chapters detail various examples of using service to enhance learning. These range from using a single service experience in a class to courses that use service experiences as the focus and context for learning economics. Course topics cover environmental and natural resources, statistics, econometrics and research methods, principles and economic issues, labor, the economics of gender, forensic economics, and development economics. Each application provides details regarding the institutional environment in which it was implemented, type of course, enrollment, and process through which student learning was enhanced. Handouts and abbreviated syllabi are included.
Economics educators have a stake in improving their students' long-term economic literacy. Service learning offers significant benefits beyond those offered by pedagogies traditionally found in economics classrooms and should be considered as a teaching strategy by economics professors everywhere.
Kim Marie McGoldrick is Associate Professor of Economics, University of Richmond. Andrea L. Ziegert is Associate Professor of Economics, Denison University.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Using the Theory of Service Learning as a Tool for Teaching Economic Theory
11
Using Issues to Design Effective ServiceLearning Experiences in Economics SelfReliant Cooperative and Online Models
27
Economics in General Education The Centrality of Service Learning
47
The Economic Approach to Service Learning Ten Simple Guidelines
65
What Do Students Learn from Service Learning?
81
Getting Started in Service Learning Resources for Economists
93
Service Learning in Land Economics Economic Literacy in Action
121
Service Learning as the Core of an Economics Course
189
When the Served Teach Learning Economics from Mexicans in Guadalajara Mexico
203
What Can Volunteer Work Teach Students about the Study of Paid Work? A Discussion of a WomenandWork Course
224
Forensic Economics At Your Service
240
Whats Love Got to Do with It? Making Economics Relevant in Courses on Economic Development
254
Service Learning in Economics Future Challenges
289
References
291
Contributors
301

Regression Analysis for the Community An Application of Service Learning in a Business and Economic Statistics Course
138
Poverty and Access to Health Care An Academic ServiceLearning Project in Economics
150
Nonprofit Organizations and Service Learning Service and Institutional Economics in an IssueBased EntryLevel Economics Course
168

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