nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2007‒06‒18
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. A sceptic comment on "A sceptic´s comment on the study of economics" By Jeanette Brosig; Timo Heinrich; Thomas Riechmann; Ronnie Schöb; Joachim Weimann
  2. An Analysis of the Questions on University Teaching Surveys and the Universities that Use Them: The Australian Experience By Martin Davies; Joe Hirschberg; Jenny Lye; Carol Johnston

  1. By: Jeanette Brosig (Department of Economics, University of Cologne); Timo Heinrich (Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg); Thomas Riechmann (Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg); Ronnie Schöb (Department of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin); Joachim Weimann (Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg)
    Abstract: This paper provides a critical re-examination of Rubinstein’s survey in which he questions the way of teaching economics. The observations obtained in our new survey cast some doubts on the original findings, and in particular, question Rubinstein’s conjecture that our students’ views on economic issues are influenced by the way we teach economics.
    Keywords: Survey, Economics Education, Teaching of Economics
    JEL: A2 C9
    Date: 2007–06
  2. By: Martin Davies; Joe Hirschberg; Jenny Lye; Carol Johnston
    Abstract: This paper is the first attempt to perform an analysis of the internal Quality of Teaching Surveys (QTS) used in all Australian Universities by investigating how they compare across Universities. We categorize the questions on each university’s QTS into one of 18 types and then define a proximity measure between the surveys. We then use an agglomerative cluster analysis to establish groupings of these institutions on the basis of the similarity of their QTSs as well as groupings of question types by their frequency of use. In addition, we also determine if the form of the survey is related to the responses recorded by the Course Evaluation Questionnaire (CEQ) that is administered to all graduates of Australian Universities. This was done by the use of regression analysis to establish if the form of the questionnaire is related to the overall good teaching scores earned by the universities from the CEQ.
    Keywords: Tertiary Education; University Rankings; CEQ
    Date: 2007

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