Title

What Would Adam Smith Have on His iPod? Uses of Music in Teaching the History of Economic Thought

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2013

Abstract

In this article, the authors examine two ways that they use music (i.e., popular song lyrics) as an active learning technique in an undergraduate history of economic thought course. First, they use music to help students grasp the ideas of the great thinkers in economics and see their relevance today. Second, because they require students to read original texts and write thesis-driven essays, they use music to teach essential skills related to such assignments. While the article focuses on how they use music as a pedagogical device to teach the history of economic thought, the use of music to teach essential skills could be applied to any economics course in which students engage in higher-level reading and writing. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Title

Journal of Economic Education

Volume

44

Issue

1

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