Active learning approaches generally train students in higher-level skills like synthesis and evaluation through writing, discussion, or problem solving. At the same time, long-term learning gains are achieved when economic content relates to students’ experiences. We propose a project that harnesses students’ unique and diverse interests in television and cinema for a skit-writing and acting activity called Economics in Three Acts. We conducted a pilot version of this project in an introductory economics course and collected student feedback to assess its validity as a teaching tool. This pedagogy fits well into liberal arts institutions desiring to facilitate learning across disciplines.
Christopher Clark, Brooke Conaway, Jessie Folk, and Justin Roush
Clark, C., Conaway, B., Folk, J., & Roush, J. (2021). Economics in Three Acts. Journal of Economics Teaching, 5(3), 116-130. DOI: 10.58311/jeconteach/f6adf233b1b506aab3b60da7709c71d5f269731c