Project Title: Instructional Methodology in Economics

Please note: This opportunity is now closed

  • Term: Winter 2016
  • Supervisor: Simon Power, Department of Economics,
  • Description of project: A review and evaluation of alternative instructional methodologies used in economics and, more specifically, econometrics, and allied fields.
  • Research duties: Duties will include contributing towards the development of a detailed literature survey and literature review of instructional methodologies, focusing specifically on the bigger picture of education more generally. This will include searching appropriate computer data-bases in economics, business, social sciences, and education, together with the writing of a fairly high-level overview of instructional methodologies used throughout the realm of education, looking out for the use of new and innovative practices not currently used in economics. The approximate number of hours of work per week will be 5, for a total over the term of 65.
  • Learning and reflection activities: Learning and reflection activities will include the keeping of a weekly journal, documenting the work and research conducted, together with reflections on the efficacy of relevant computer data-base search strategies and on the advantages and disadvantages of alternative instructional methodologies as they are utilized at different levels of education and/or in different fields of education. There will also be regular meetings and communication with the supervisor in order to discuss progress, define and redefine appropriate research strategies, and to reflect on the ongoing research findings.
  • Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, the student will have further developed their ability to work more or less independently, but under overall supervision and guidance, on a wide-ranging and important research topic, learning how to search the literature carefully and effectively, how to weigh up and assess contributions made in different formats and different fields, and how to summarize and communicate findings clearly and efficiently.
  • Evaluation Criteria: The primary deliverable will be a carefully-designed literature review (60%) – to be submitted by the last day of classes, together with a weekly journal detailing work and research conducted (20%) – to be submitted by email on a weekly basis – and a presentation of the key results in a classroom setting (20%).
  • Skills or knowledge required: Third-year standing; a good intermediate knowledge of the field of economics, mathematics, and statistics; experience and competence in the use of computers; an ability to take initiative and to work independently.
  • Any required health and safety training:  N/A
  • Other considerations: None
  • How to apply: Applicants should apply by email to Professor Simon Power, Department of Economics at by November 15, 2015, indicating their interest, together with a copy of their transcript, an updated CV, and a brief statement of how they feel that their background and qualifications prepare them for this opportunity. Note: Normally only students with a GPA of 9.5 or higher and at least third year honours standing will be considered.