Economic experiments are a unique form of active learning. Students apply the scientific method by testing hypotheses and discovering for themselves how markets work. The authors conducted teacher training courses in experimental economics over a three-year period and conducted surveys to track teachers' adoption of classroom experiments. This paper discusses the survey results and describes how the training was revised accordingly. The primary conclusion of this article is that classroom experiments must be compatible with the school environment; that is, they should emphasize non-monetary incentives and hand-run experiments as well as be explicitly tied to school curricula.
Johnson, Paul; Wilson, Bart J. 2008. "Economics Works! Experiments in High School Classrooms." The Journal of Private Enterprise, 23(2): 149-156.
The Association of Private Enterprise Education
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