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The COherence and RElevance of CORE Econ's New Benchmark Model

Carlin, Wendy; Bowles, Samuel; (2023) The COherence and RElevance of CORE Econ's New Benchmark Model. Advances in Economics Education , 2 (2) pp. 127-144. 10.4337/aee.2023.02.03. Green open access

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Abstract

We review the economics and pedagogy of the CORE Econ open-access introductory course, of which we are co-authors, a decade after its launch. We make the case that the coherence and relevance of undergraduate economics instruction requires a new benchmark model – not the ad hoc addition of even more ‘frictions’, ‘imperfections’ and extensions to the conventional model. The new CORE benchmark will not strike anyone with recent graduate training in the field as particularly novel: it conveys to recent undergraduates the foundations of the economics that research economists today routinely use and that graduate students are taught. We also explain the major innovations in both content and pedagogy motivated by what we have learned from The Economy 1.0 having been taught to around a million students globally over the past six years.

Type: Article
Title: The COherence and RElevance of CORE Econ's New Benchmark Model
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4337/aee.2023.02.03
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4337/aee.2023.02.03
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: curriculum reform, principles textbooks, pedagogical strategies, benchmark models
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10179265
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