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Semester, trimester or block plan? Retention of economics principles by undergraduates on alternative curricular structures

by Taylor, Corrine H., Johnson, Daniel K. N., Lybecker, Kristina M.

Abstract

This paper investigates whether the curricular structure of an Economics course (semester, trimester, or compressed block schedule) has an effect on an undergraduate's subsequent retention of course material. We test separately for theoretical/process comprehension and for graphical construction/interpretation, while separating micro from macro content as well. We use an instrument to address the no stakes testing problem, and our Heckman two-stage estimations present some interesting results for educators and institutional policymakers alike.

Note

Acquired as PDF from Colorado College Department of Economics and Business. Converted to PDF/A1.b using Adobe Acrobat Professional.

Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

Acquired as PDF from Colorado College Department of Economics and Business. Converted to PDF/A1.b using Adobe Acrobat Professional.

Copyright
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Publisher
None
PID
coccc:2608
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
41 pages : illustrations (some color)