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Developing Generic Competences in the European Higher Education Area: a proposal for teaching the principles of economics

Authors


Manuel Salas Velasco, Department of Applied Economics, University of Granada, Campus Cartuja, 18071 Granada, Spain, msalas@ugr.es, http://www.ugr.es/~msalas/

María Teresa Sánchez Martínez, Department of Applied Economics, University of Granada, Campus Cartuja, 18071 Granada, Spain, tsanchez@ugr.es

Noelina Rodríguez Ferrero, Department of Applied Economics, University of Granada, Campus Cartuja, 18071 Granada, Spain, nrferrer@ugr.es

Abstract

The participation of Spain in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) involves a number of important challenges for academics. Adapting to an educational model that is characterised by competence-based teaching is a difficult task, yet it is of paramount importance in the context of current reforms. In an educational system in which the traditional lecture prevails, learning-centred teaching represents a major cultural change with significant consequences. The objective of this study is to offer economics lecturers some practical techniques for use in the classroom. Specifically, it includes suggestions for the planning, preparation and teaching of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, debates, and computer-based learning. It also provides practical advice on student assessment.

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