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Pedagogy for economics

Pedagogy is the 'how' of teaching and learning; specifically teacher actions that promote student learning.

Effective economics teachers know there is no silver bullet approach to pedagogy that works in every situation as teaching approaches work differently in different contexts for different students. They use a range of approaches to support student learning.

The New Zealand Curriculum offers generic information about effective pedagogy (NZC, pp. 34–36), and describes a process for 'teaching as inquiry'.

This cyclical process provides a framework that can help teachers to plan strategically and respond to the effects of their teaching, that is, to think about how you’re teaching and whether it’s working.

For example:

  • Is your teaching teacher-directed or is it student-directed?
  • Is it whole class, group work, or individual work?
  • Is it text centered, discussion based, or resource based?
  • How are you monitoring student engagement?
  • How do you get feedback:
    • Do you informally conference with your students?
    • Do you conduct class surveys – online or paper based?
    • Do you recap over the previous day’s work, if so how do you do this?

Teacher actions promoting student learning

Consider the teaching as inquiry model described in The New Zealand Curriculum.

Last updated March 21, 2012



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