Are there learning spillovers in introductory macroeconomics?

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Title Are there learning spillovers in introductory macroeconomics?
Author Guest, Ross; Vecchio, Nerina
Journal Name International Review of Economics Education
Editor Peter Davies, Carol Johnston
Year Published 2003
Place of publication UK
Publisher University of Bristol
Abstract This study examines the effect on learning outcomes for given topics in macroeconomics of conflating a two-semester micro and macroeconomics course into a one-semester combined micro/macro course by dropping some topics. A hypothesis that learning spillovers exist between topics is developed and tested. This is done by comparing examination results on a given set of multiple-choice questions for two large groups of students – one who had undertaken a single-semester course in macroeconomics and another who had undertaken a single-semester combined micro/macroeconomics course. In our sample, the latter group of students scored significantly less on average than the former group, after controlling for other factors, even though both had 'learned' the same topics that were examined. This suggests that positive learning spillovers do exist between topics and therefore that dropping some topics reduces the quality of learning outcomes on other topics. This has implications for the apparent trend towards reducing the mandatory number of economics units in business degrees in Australia from two to one.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/iree/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 IREE. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Volume 1
Issue Number 1
Page from 36
Page to 60
ISSN 1477-3880
Date Accessioned 2004-03-30
Date Available 2008-02-06T05:18:23Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute; Griffith Health Institute; Population and Social Health Research Program
Subject Curriculum Studies: Economics, Commerce, Management and Services Educati
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/6390
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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