Articles by Natalia Smirnova, PhD
Our founder, Col. E.C. Harwood, would be proud of AIER for promoting Jon Dewey’s learning-by-doing approach and disseminating this work around the world through contributing to a new book.
In keeping with Harwood’s practice of teaching the new generation of students to conduct high-quality applied economic research, AIER is setting a national example in establishing collaborative partnerships between universities and practitioners.
AIER continues to pursue the educational ideas of our founder, Col. E.C. Harwood, who believed that educating the educators advances the institute’s mission.
AIER’s founder, Col. E.C. Harwood, was an admirer of John Dewey’s ideas on education. And now Dewey’s ideas about the functions a teacher performs in the classroom are alive within AIER’s Teach-the-Teachers Initiative program.
At a recent annual conference of the Council for Economic Education, a lesson on unemployment was presented by Vicki L. Fuhrhop, a teacher at Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Ill, who is an alumna from the 2016 Chicago class. She joins the roster of teachers who implemented lesson ideas from our workshops in their classrooms.
A report about the lesson conducted at The Career Academy, in Lincoln, Neb., by Ms. Nicole Barrett, a participant in Teach-the-Teachers Initiative 2017 in Omaha. This lesson was observed by James L. Olsen, AIER voting member.
AIER is going to the Council for Economic Education’s annual conference in New York to share with the national audience of teachers, curriculum developers, administrators, and researchers our approach of infusing economics into various fields of study.
One of the unique features of AIER’s Teach-the-Teachers program is the opportunity for teachers to field test the lesson idea, developed at the workshop, in their classroom. The Fall semester is the time for a field test, so we are excited to learn how many teachers are planning to implement their lesson idea.
One of the operating principles of AIER is to produce useful, practical, and actionable information. Therefore, the main goal of the Teach-the-Teachers Initiative is to educate K-12 teachers about the essence and application to everyday life of the concepts of money, inflation, business cycles, unemployment, and property rights.