About the Event
Beyond the Basics offers teachers the opportunity to delve into advanced economics topics in a fun, simple, yet thorough way. Through the implementation of a variety of activities, resources, and assignments, learn how intricate economics terms, that usually confuse students, can become familiar topics. This workshop allows experienced and new teachers to explore innovative ways of teaching economic topics such as elasticity, externalities, exchange rates, fiscal policy, and price stability.
Economics is present in our everyday life; we see the change in price of goods and services, pay taxes, see how policies are implemented, experience the effects of inflation, weigh costs and benefits when making decisions, and, with an increasingly interconnected world, we regularly participate in trades and exchange currencies. Nonetheless, many students find it hard to understand the wide array of topics that underlie these everyday experiences. Join us to learn how to break down economic terms and to engage your students in the classroom!
Oligopoly, game theory, supply and demand*, fiscal policy*, inflation*, exchange rates, interest rates*, loanable funds market, and money and credit*.
*Topics overlap with Economics 12 or Social Studies 10.
Speakers & Instructors
Brian O’Roark is currently professor of economics at Robert Morris University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Along with being the author of dozens of scholarly articles in areas such as public finance, the economics of information security, and economic education, O’Roark serves on the board of advisors and as an associate editor for the Journal of Economics Teaching, as well as being co-director of the Leonard M. Kokkila Center for Economic Education at Robert Morris University. In 2014 he won the Mid-Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration Innovative Teaching Award. At Robert Morris University he has won the Undergraduate Teaching Innovation Award and the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. His first textbook, Essentials of Economics, was published in September 2015. Currently he is working on a book explaining the economics of superheroes. In his spare time, he enjoys running, swimming and gardening.close