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How should economics curricula be evaluated?

Mearman, Andrew

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Andrew Mearman


© 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper explores the evaluation of economics curricula. It argues that the dominant approach in economics education, experimentalism, has serious limitations which render it an unsuitable evaluation method in some cases. The arguments against experimentalism are practical, ethical and also rest on a view of the world as a complex, open system in which contexts are unique and generalised regularities are unlikely. In such an environment, as often found in educational contexts, alternative methods are advisable, at least as part of a suite of approaches in a realistic, case-based, mixed-methods approach to evaluation. Thus, economics curricula should be evaluated using a method or set of methods most appropriate to the particular object case. As such, there is no single answer to the question posed.


Mearman, A. (2014). How should economics curricula be evaluated?. International Review of Economics Education, 16(PB), 73-86.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2016
Journal International Review of Economics Education
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue PB
Pages 73-86
Keywords economics, curricula, evaluation, mixed-methods, case-based methods, realistic, experiment
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Additional Information Additional Information : Available online before print: 7th September, 2013


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