Teaching as Modeling Disciplinary Practice (Innovative Practice)

Session Details

Thursday, January 21, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Room 408 (fourth floor)

Session Type: Concurrent Session
Content Level: Introductory


  • Steven A. Greenlaw, Professor of Economics, University of Mary Washington
  • Session convener: W. Gardner Campbell, Associate Prof. of English & Special Assistant to the Provost, Virginia Commonwealth University


This presentation will describe the experience of designing and teaching a course that attempts to create a learning environment promoting active learning, critical thinking, collaborative exchange, and knowledge creation. Key elements include the study of a real-world problem (the global financial crisis and recession); organizing the class as a research team; using Web 2.0 tools to facilitate the learning process; using class sessions to model how an economist engages in the process of creating new knowledge; a novel and nontraditional assessment methodology; and web publication of the results of our analysis.