Lesson Plans for Teaching Economics with The Big Bang Theory

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Using examples in the classroom from current and past television shows and movies is becoming increasingly common. Being able to relate ideas back to a popular clip or episode allows the instructor to reach students in ways the traditional lecture cannot. Building on the work of Tierney, Mateer, Smith, Wooten, and Geerling (2016), this paper introduces five lesson plans tied to clips from The Big Bang Theory that can be used in high school (9-12) economics courses.

Wayne Geerling, G. Dirk Mateer, Ben O. Smith, James E. Tierney, and Jadrian J. Wooten


Geerling, W., Mateer, G. D., Smith, B., Tierney, J., & Wooten, J. (2018). Lesson Plans for Teaching Economics with The Big Bang Theory. Journal of Economics Teaching, 3(1), 162 -184. DOI: 10.58311/jeconteach/115fc4b6915c205359c9ec4bbb9a30fb42ef0194