If you only had five minutes: Best advice for new instructors of economics

Gail M. Hoyt, Roisin O’Sullivan, Darshak Patel

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Teaching a course in economics for the first time can be a daunting task, whether the instructor is a graduate student or a new faculty member in their first post-PhD years. In gauging what advice is considered most vital from among the plethora of potential sources, the authors surveyed seasoned economics instructors, asking respondents to distill their advice into what they could provide within a five-minute time constraint. Their responses were then processed with a mix of human perception and machine-based natural language processing. In this manner, they gained an understanding of what seems to matter the most when starting out in the economics classroom and thus provide usable insights for economic educators on both the giving and receiving end of the guidance process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Economic Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024

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  • Advice
  • new instructors
  • teaching economics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics


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