Tips for teaching Fundamentals of Economics to Undergraduates
Teaching is an Art, I believe. It is the art of transforming your knowledge and information spontaneously, and creatively to the students. Being a lecturer in a Public University, I had the opportunity to teach various sub-subjects of Economics to undergraduates and it was challenge for me to teach such students that included even those whose higher secondary education did not had English as their medium of language.
For teachers of Economics, especially for those who teach the undergad beginners must practice some specific tips to influence and persuade them towards the dynamics of the Subject of Fundamentals of Economics. These are:
- Teaching a topic through different dimensions provides the ability for a student to analyze the topic more clearly. For example: A simple topic of Consumption function can also be easily understood from grapsing the notion of Saving Function.
- Providing a Local/National as well as International example relevant to the phenomenon being taught is one such strategy that provides a practical image of what is going on. In other words, renders the student with an illustrative ability. For Example: the Basic Process of Demand and Supply in everyday Life, the circular flow of income, local area Companies with oligopolistic competition, monopolistic competition and how they work etc.
- Explain most of the core concept with a step by step procedure. Like Explaining its definition, describing it graphically, representing it mathematically and providing a conlusion to what it all means. Such detailed descriptions is a must for the teacher of the infant students of economics.
- Another fact about teaching Economics is giving Assignments and tasks to the students relevant to the specific topic. The more you provide these assignments, the more uncomplicated it becomes for them to comprehend. In Particularly for Microeconomics concepts of Demand, Supply and their analysis, Elasticity and competitive model mathematical assignments are worth sharing.