DL in Economics

Links on disciplinary literacy in economics

A large part of disciplinary literacy in subject areas is to teach students how to read, write, speak, and think as a person in that area.  In order for students to be able to understand economics, for example, they must be able to read and interpret economic critical texts, write and explain economic concepts and think about issues and events from an economists' point of view.  Being able to take these steps leads to deeper and more meaningful learning in the subject area. 

Economic literacy is the ability to identify economic problems, alternatives, costs, and benefits; analyze the incentives at work in economic situations; examine the consequences of changes in economic conditions and public policies; collect and organize economic evidence; and weigh costs against benefits (definition, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2008).

Thinking like an Economist by Dr. Greg Mankiw (video)

On Teaching Students to Think Like an Economist by Dr. Steven Greenlaw (video)

The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank's white paper on "Thinking Like an Economist".   " 'If my undergraduates can get these six key points down,' [UT economist Russell Cooper] said, 'they will have passed the course' ".

Handy Dandy Guide for Economics (copyright 1989, National Council on Economic Education)